Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 50 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks, 128-125, last night for their 17th straight regular-season home win.
Al Harrington had 41 points for the Knicks, who lost their fourth straight. David Lee added 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Anthony scored 13 points in the third quarter, helping the Nuggets take a 92-87 lead into the final period. The Knicks, however, rallied and moved in front, 111-110, on Lee’s dunk with 3:35 remaining.
Anthony followed with a pair of free throws and J.R. Smith made his third 3-pointer of the period to give the Nuggets a 115-111 lead.
A 3-point play by Harrington brought the Knicks within 3 (123-120) with 38 seconds left, but Chauncey Billups (32 points) answered with a reverse layup. New York’s Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer before Anthony converted two free throws to help the Nuggets hang on.
Kings 109, Nets 96 - New Jersey trailed by 13 after the first quarter and never threatened in Sacramento to fall to 0-16, matching the second-worst start in NBA history.
The Nets play at the Lakers tomorrow, hoping to avoid the dubious record shared by the 1988-89 Heat and 1998-99 Clippers. Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih had 21 points apiece for the Kings.
Bobcats 94, Cavaliers 87 - Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 14 rebounds while outplaying LeBron James, and visiting Cleveland looked disjointed in Shaquille O’Neal’s return after missing six games with a strained left shoulder.
Wallace topped 30 points for the second straight game, beating James (25 points) in numerous 1-on-1 matchups in the post.
Suns 120, Timberwolves 95 - Phoenix improved to a league-best 13-3, sending host Minnesota to its 15th straight loss as Jason Richardson netted 22 points.
Spurs 92, Rockets 84 - Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess recorded double doubles, Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and San Antonio earned its first road win of the season.
Hawks 100, 76ers 86 - Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Mike Bibby added 21, and visiting Atlanta snapped a two-game losing streak.
Mavericks 113, Pacers 92 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points to lead visiting Dallas to a rout of Indiana.
Thunder 108, Bucks 90 - Kevin Durant had 33 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma City rolled at home thanks to a 17-0 run to start the second half.
Wizards 94, Heat 84 - Antawn Jamison scored 24 points, including the 16,000th of his career, and visiting Washington beat Miami.
Clippers 104, Pistons 96 - Chris
Grizzlies 106, Trail Blazers 96 - Zach Randolph had 21 points, the highest of five double-digit scorers for visiting Memphis.