NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, most at the current Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.
Anthony made 23 of 35 shots, one when he leapt from halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer, and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.
Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Kevin Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break Bernard King’s Knicks record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant’s arena record of 61, set five years ago.
It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.
THUNDER 101, CELTICS 83
BOSTON (AP) – NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season and Serge Ibaka scored 21 points to lead the Thunder to a victory over the Celtics.
It was the Western Conference-leading Thunder’s sixth straight victory.
Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 19 points, and former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder were playing with neither Durant nor Westbrook for the first time since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008.
Jeff Green scored 16 points and Gerald Wallace scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half, before the Thunder pulled away with a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, WARRIORS 120
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Martin hit a step-back jumper with 8.4 seconds left, lifting the Timberwolves over the Warriors for their third straight victory.
Martin finished with 26 points despite playing with a cut on his right pinkie. Kevin Love added 26 points and 14 rebounds in a back-and-forth game that featured just about everything – except defense.
Harrison Barnes missed an open jumper before the final buzzer sounded, leaving Golden State with its second consecutive loss.
Stephen Curry had 33 points and 15 assists, and David Lee finished with 23 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who outshot Minnesota 55 percent to 50 percent but were outrebounded 44-41.
PACERS 116, KINGS 111, OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Paul George scored eight of his 36 points in overtime and the Pacers defeated the Kings.
The Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit and rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Indiana outscored the Kings 13-8 in overtime to avoid a rare two-game losing streak.
Marcus Thornton scored 42 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas scored 38, tying a career high. The undermanned Kings played without injured leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
Lance Stephenson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Indiana. David West had 22 points and both Roy Hibbert and George Hill scored 10.
SPURS 105, HAWKS 79
ATLANTA (AP) – Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta and the Spurs coasted to a win over the short-handed Hawks.
Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker didn’t return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third quarter. The Spurs used backup players in the fourth.
Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 21 points. Patty Mills, who made six of eight 3-pointers, had 18 points.
The Hawks, already short-handed without Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll, lost point guard Jeff Teague to a left ankle sprain in the second period. Teague didn’t return.
Paul Millsap’s 15 points led the Hawks, who set a season scoring low.
RAPTORS 104, 76ERS 95
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help the Raptors beat the 76ers.
DeRozan scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight early in the period as the Raptors opened a double-digit lead.
Lowry grabbed his 10th rebound late in the fourth, continuing a string of strong games he’s had for the Atlantic Division leaders. He’s a Philadelphia native and played at Villanova.
MAGIC 114, LAKERS 105
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tobias Harris had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lift the Orlando Magic to a 114-105 victory over the Lakers.
Arron Afflalo added 23 points and Jameer Nelson scored 22 as the Magic won for only the second time in their last 14 games. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers, playing the sixth game of a seven-game road trip, got 19 points and 14 assists from Kendall Marshall and 17 points.
PELICANS 103, PISTONS 101
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Eric Gordon’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds left gave the Pelicans a victory over the Pistons.
Detroit blew a 16-point third-quarter lead, and the Pistons inexplicably didn’t call time after Gordon’s winning shot.
Instead, Brandon Jennings rushed a shot from midcourt that missed while coach Maurice Cheeks stood yelling for a timeout.
Detroit wasted a 28-point performance from Jennings and 21 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Anthony Morrow scored 21 points for New Orleans, which won for only the second time in 11 games.
The Pelicans were without Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith and Tyreke Evans because of injuries.
NETS 107, MAVERICKS 106
NEW YORK (AP) – Mirza Teletovic scored 24 of his 34 points in the second quarter and Deron Wiliams had 18 points and 11 assists as the Nets beat the Mavericks for their fourth straight win.
The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January. Paul Pierce had 12 points and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey.
Former Net Vince Carter had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points for the Mavs, who lost their second straight game.
GRIZZLIES 88, ROCKETS 87
HOUSTON (AP) – Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 15 and the Grizzlies held off the Rockets.
Mike Miller drew an offensive foul to give Houston the ball back with 8.3 seconds left. But Patrick Beverley shot an air ball 3-point attempt under heavy pressure to give the Grizzlies the victory.
It is the first win for Memphis over a Southwest Division opponent after it started the season 0-10 in the division.
The victory ruined a spectacular night for Houston’s Chandler Parsons. He had a career-high 34 points and made 10 3-pointers – all in the second half. It is an NBA record for 3s in a half and a franchise record for 3s in a game.
CLIPPERS 112, BULLS 95
CHICAGO (AP) – Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a victory over the Bulls.
Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field – including 13 for 21 on 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game winning streak.
The Clippers, playing without injured All-Star Chris Paul, have won four straight against the Bulls, and improved to 3-2 on their seven-game trip.
CAVALIERS 93, BUCKS 78
CLEVELAND (AP) – Anderson Varejao scored 16 points and Kyrie Irving had 10 points and 10 assists, leading the Cavaliers over the Bucks.
Varejao scored eight points to spark a 12-2 run that gave Cleveland a 64-46 lead late in the third quarter. Irving, named an All-Star starter for the first time Thursday, had seven assists in the second half.
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 13 points. Brandon Knight, who leads the Bucks with a 15.9 average, was held to eight points and went 4 of 12 from the field.
The Bucks (8-34) have the worst record in the league and have lost 10 of 11.
WIZARDS 101, SUNS 95
PHOENIX (AP) – Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Bradley Beal sank a pair of crucial shots down the stretch and the Wizards opened a four-game road trip with a victory over the Suns.
Beal’s 3-pointer with 2:03 left gave the Wizards the lead for good at 96-93. His 15-footer made it 99-95 with 26.9 seconds to go, then he finished with a game-ending dunk.
John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists for the Wizards. Nene added 18, Beal 17 points and ex-Sun Marcin Gortat 14 for Washington.
Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns.