Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks have come a long way since a season-opening victory over the Raptors.
Stoudemire had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, and the Knicks won in Toronto, 116-99, yesterday, extending their road winning streak to seven games.
“It shows you how much we’ve improved since October,’’ Stoudemire said. “We’re still on the way to getting better. We’re going to continue to work, going to continue to watch film, we’re going to stay hungry and see how good we can be.’’
Stoudemire scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Thunder 114, Warriors 109 — Kevin Durant scored 28 points in his first game back from a knee injury, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 13 assists, and host Oklahoma City held off Golden State’s fourth-quarter charge.
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 39 points and ignited the Warriors’ rally from a 21-point deficit to cut it to 3 in the final minute.
Spurs 109, Hornets 84 — Tony Parker scored 19 points and host San Antonio pummeled sliding New Orleans for the second time in a week.
Matt Bonner added 14 points, hitting 4 of 5 3-point attempts, and the Spurs improved their NBA-best record to 17-3 and matched their best start through 20 games since 2007.
Nuggets 108, Grizzlies 107 — George Karl earned his 999th NBA win the hard way as host Denver overcame a third-quarter meltdown that included a technical on Carmelo Anthony for arguing a call and held off scrappy Memphis for its seventh straight win.
Trail Blazers 100, Clippers 91 — Wesley Matthews had 26 points and host Portland snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating Los Angeles after nearly blowing a 22-point lead.
Pistons 102, Cavaliers 92 — Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 24 points and 11 assists to help host Detroit top Cleveland.
Suns 125, Wizards 108 — Steve Nash was 8 of 8 from the field, made all four of his foul shots, scored 20 points, and had a season-high 17 assists to help Phoenix keep Washington winless on the road.