New York Knicks top Pacers to secure second seed in Eastern Conference playoffs

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense, and the Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 victory over the Pacers on Sunday in New York.

Chris Copeland added 20 points and J.R. Smith had 15 for the Knicks, who will play the seventh-seeded Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. New York is guaranteed home-court advantage for the first two rounds after finishing second to Miami in the conference. The Knicks locked up their highest seed since they were also a No. 2 in 1994.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points for the Pacers, who came into the game with a chance to catch the Knicks for second but will have to settle for holding off Brooklyn for third. Indiana remains two games ahead of the Nets.

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Lakers 91, Spurs 86 — Playing its first game without the injured Kobe Bryant, host Los Angeles got 26 points and 17 rebounds from Dwight Howard and rallied past San Antonio. The Lakers lead Utah by 1½ games for the eighth playoff spot in the West.

Heat 105, Bulls 93 — LeBron James scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 as Miami set a franchise record for home wins in a season, topping Chicago. The Heat are 36-4 at home — besting their 35-6 mark in 2004-05.

Raptors 93, Nets 87 — DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and Rudy Gay added 26 as host Toronto defeated Brooklyn. Deron Williams scored 30 points for the Nets, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

Nuggets 118, Blazers 109 — Andre Iguodala scored 28 points as host Denver set an NBA franchise record with its 55th win, beating Portland.

Mavericks 107, Hornets 89 — Shawn Marion had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki 19 as Dallas beat host New Orleans to reach .500 for the first time since it was 11-11 in December. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 20 points.

Rockets 121, Kings 100 — James Harden had 29 points and nine assists, Jeremy Lin added 15 points, and Houston cruised past visiting Sacramento.

76ers 91, Cavaliers 77 — Dorell Wright scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead host Philadelphia over Cleveland.