Basketball - Carmelo on form in Knicks win over Wizards

Round-up: Carmelo Anthony scored 30 as the New York Knicks posted a 96-88 win over the Washington Wizards.

Basketball - Carmelo on form in Knicks win over Wizards

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Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks celebrates in front of Trevor Ariza of the Washington Wizards (AFP)

New York Knicks 96, Washington Wizards 88

Anthony was assisted by Raymond Felton, who had 23, as the Knicks won their third straight game.

J.R. Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who opened the fourth quarter with 10 consecutive points after trailing 77-73. The Knicks (35-20) then closed the game on a 9-2 run over the final 4:03.

Bradley Beal had a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Emeka Okafor had 11 points and 10 boards for the Wizards, who have lost two straight, both at home. John Wall had 16 points, six assists and five turnovers for Washington, which had not lost consecutive home games since Dec 22-26. The Wizards fell to 18-39.

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Los Angeles Clippers 105, Cleveland Cavaliers 89

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford did what he does best - score in bunches.

A leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award, Crawford had a game-high 24 points in the Clippers' 105-89 blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Clippers (43-19) have won eight of their last nine games. They also snapped a 10-game losing streak at Quicken Loans Arena dating back to March 10, 2002.

The Cavs (20-39) watched their modest two-game winning streak end.

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Boston Celtics 94, Golden State Warriors 86

Paul Pierce scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and the Boston Celtics put the shackles on Stephen Curry, leading them to a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Returning from their longest road trip of the season, the Celtics won their eighth straight home game and improved to 11-3 since Rajon Rondo was lost for the season to a knee injury.

The Warriors, who beat the Celtics in Oakland Dec. 29, lost for the ninth time in their last 12 games. The Warriors have lost three straight and are 1-3 in the first four games of a five-game road trip.

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Dallas Mavericks 98, Brooklyn Nets 90

Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter paced a balanced scoring attack with 20 points each, as the Dallas Mavericks outgunned the Brooklyn Nets 98-90 at the Barclays Center.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mavericks (26-32), who are desperately trying to keep their 11-year playoff streak intact. Dallas trails Houston by 4.5 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The loss was only the third for Brooklyn (34-25) this season in 22 games against teams with a .500 or worse record. The Nets hurt themselves with 20 turnovers, several of which were unforced.

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Miami Heat 98, Memphis Grizzlies 91

The Miami Heat won its 13th game in a row, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 Friday night at American Airlines Arena in a battle of the two hottest teams in the NBA.

The Heat streak is the second longest in franchise history.

The record of 14 in a row was set during the 2004-05 season. The Heat can match that record by beating their old rivals, the Knicks, in New York on Sunday.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, had their eight-game win streak snapped. Had they won, the Grizzlies would have set a franchise record with nine in a row.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 22 points and eight assists.

The Heat's LeBron James, who had just four points after three quarters, finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. He made just 1 of 7 shots through three quarters but finished with a 14-point fourth period.

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San Antonio Spurs 130, Sacramento Kings 102

The San Antonio Spurs got back on the winning track, despite losing Tony Parker to injury, in defeating the Sacramento Kings 130-102 at the AT&T Center.

Parker, the midseason MVP for the Spurs, was driving in for a layup with 4 minutes into the third quarter, and landed awkwardly on his left ankle. He was helped off the court by teammates.

A statement by the team announced that he sprained his left ankle. He had 13 points and seven assists, but did not return to the game Parker, the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month in January, is averaging 21.1 points, 7.6 assists in 33 minutes per game.

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New Orleans Hornets 100, Detroit Pistons 95

Greivis Vasquez scored 13 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a driving layup over Jose Calderon with 12.1 seconds left, to lift the New Orleans Hornets to a 100-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the New Orleans Arena.

Vasquez, who also added nine assists, took the ball from the top of the key and drove right - his strong suit - to score over Calderon and give the Hornets a 98-95 lead.

After Rodney Stuckey forced a 3-pointer from the top of the key and missed, Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 2.2 second remaining. He made both free throws for the final margin.

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Houston Rockets 118, Orlando Magic 110

James Harden had 24 points and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 each as the Houston Rockets ended a two-game losing streak, outlasting the Orlando Magic 118-110.

Donatas Motiejunas added 17 points and backup point guard Patrick Beverley contributed 13 points and six assists for Houston, which is trying to hold on to a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Tobias Harris, acquired at the trade deadline from the Milwaukee Bucks, led the Magic with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Arron Affalo added 19 points and Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

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Indiana Pacers 93, Toronto Raptors 81

Paul George had a game-high 22 points as the Indiana Pacers extended their win streak in Toronto to four games with a 93-81 win over the Raptors.

Roy Hibbert added 18 points for Indiana who have now won five of six after having their five-game win streak snapped on Thursday night in a loss to the Clippers.

Toronto (23-36) has now lost three straight. The Raptors were looking for their third win over the Pacers (37-22) this season.

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