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Knicks’ Tyson Chandler has no problem shooting over the Heat’s Chris Bosh in the first half.
Knicks’ Tyson Chandler has no problem shooting over the Heat’s Chris Bosh in the first half.
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Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points, and the New York Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while topping Miami for the second time this season, beating the host Heat, 112-92, Thursday night.

Steve Novak scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1½ games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone, the most by any NBA team in any quarter so far this season.

Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.

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LeBron James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — in Miami’s second straight loss. Dwyane Wade scored 13 points, Chris Bosh had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for the Heat, who fell to 8-1 at home.

Rasheed Wallace scored 12 and Jason Kidd added 11 for the Knicks, who finished 18 for 44 from 3-point range.

It was tied at 53 at the half, and the third quarter changed everything for the Knicks. Kidd made a 3-pointer, Felton followed with consecutive 3s and New York was up by 9 with 9:42 left in the period and the Heat seemed stunned.

In all, it was an eight-3-pointers-in-eight-minutes barrage that decided this one, with five players getting in on the act for the Knicks.

Mavericks 97, Suns 94 — O.J. Mayo scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds to go, and Dallas held on to hand host Phoenix its fifth loss in a row.

Brandan Wright and Darren Collison scored 16 apiece for Dallas. Wright’s total was a season high. Chris Kaman added 15 points.

Markieff Morris had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to tie it in the final minute.