New York’s Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106, Friday night in Madison Square Garden.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after New York coach Mike Woodson had been ejected following his second technical. He drew a loud ovation during his walk to the locker room from Knicks fans who angrily booed the officiating for much of the second half.
Luol Deng had season highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls despite briefly leaving the game with an injured left shoulder. Marco Belinelli added 22 points as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games.
Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games. The Knicks lost for the second time in three home games after winning their first 10.
Noah finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists in completely outplaying Chandler, who took only one shot and was limited to 5 points and eight boards.
Kirk Hinrich had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Bulls, who were totally shutting the Knicks down until allowing 45 mostly meaningless points in the fourth quarter after Chicago had led by 25 in the third.
The Knicks were held to season lows of 85 points and 32.1 percent shooting in an 8-point loss in Chicago Dec. 8, when Anthony was sidelined by a cut on his finger that required stitches. Woodson said before the game he thought the Knicks got good shots that night and just missed them, expecting his team would deliver a better performance on its home floor with Anthony in the lineup.
Instead, the Knicks were never really in the game on a rare off night from Anthony, the NBA’s second-leading scorer. The score got close in the final minutes, but the outcome had long been decided.
Anthony was called for his second technical, earning an automatic ejection, with 6:45 left after he was whistled for a foul on Noah’s offensive rebound and apparently said something to referee Olandis Poole.
76ers 99, Hawks 80 — Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 21 points to help host Philadelphia beat Atlanta.
Jason Richardson scored 17 to help the Sixers snap a five-game losing streak. Jrue Holiday had 11 points after missing four games with a sprained left foot. The 76ers held the Hawks to 39 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 45-37.
Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points and Lou Williams had 13.
Williams averaged 11.3 points during seven years with the Sixers and led the team in scoring last season with 14.9 per game. When the Sixers decided to clean house and make the move to get Andrew Bynum from the Lakers, Williams, Elton Brand, and Andre Iguodala all went elsewhere.
The Sixers were cruising until the third quarter when Williams showed that quick scoring punch off the bench that made him so valuable for them. He hit two straight 3-pointers, then sank two free throws to pull the Hawks within 8 after they were down by 16. The Sixers stormed back in the fourth, and consecutive 3-pointers by Spencer Hawes and Richardson pushed the lead back to 20.
Clippers 97, Kings 85 — Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help host Los Angeles, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old franchise record with its 12th consecutive victory.
The previous mark was set by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season, when current Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was 8 years old. The head coach back then was Jack Ramsay, whose formidable roster included Bob McAdoo, Garfield Heard, Randy Smith, Jim McMillian, Jack Marin, and Bob Weiss.
Warriors 115, Bobcats 100 — David Lee had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 11 assists, Stephen Curry set a career high with eight 3-pointers, and host Golden State extended Charlotte’s losing streak to 14 games.
Klay Thompson added 20 points while Carl Landry and Draymond Green had 11 apiece for the Warriors, who have won eight of 10. Golden State led by double digits the entire second half and never trailed following a 14-3 run late in the first quarter.
Raptors 93, Magic 90 — DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists, and host Toronto won its fifth straight.
Rookie Terrence Ross scored 7 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter while Alan Anderson, Ed Davis, and Amir Johnson each had 10 for the Raptors.
Aaron Afflalo scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic.Continued...