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  • Knicks roll in Melo's return

  • NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.
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  • NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.
    After two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half. Anthony, who missed two games with a sprained left ankle, moved fine and shot well, though his scoring average against the Nets this season actually dropped to 37 points per game.
    J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who bounced back from their first home loss Monday against Houston, improving to 11-1 at MSG.
    Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets, who have lost three straight and eight of 10. What once was a deadlock for the Atlantic Division lead after the first meeting is now a six-game advantage for the Knicks.
    Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each had 16 points for Brooklyn.
    Thunder 100, Hawks 92
    At Atlanta, Kevin Durant set a season high with 41 points and had 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City held off Atlanta for its 12th straight win.
    Russell Westbrook added 27 points — 21 in the first half — and 11 assists for the Thunder.
    The Thunder (21-4) improved the NBA's best record and atoned for a 104-95 home loss to the Hawks on Nov. 4. Oklahoma City is 20-2 since that loss.
    The 12 straight wins matches the longest streak for the franchise since 1996, when it had a 14-game winning streak as the Seattle SuperSonics.
    Jeff Teague scored 19 points to lead the Hawks.
    Clippers 93, Hornets 77
    At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 18 points and Los Angeles beat New Orleans for its franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory.
    Jamal Crawford added 17 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 12, and Chris Paul had 10 points and 12 assists, surpassing 5,000 in his career for the Clippers.
    They tied the franchise record set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Bills.
    Celtics 103, Cavaliers 91
    At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, hitting 10 of his 11 shots after halftime, and Boston beat Cleveland to snap a three-game skid.
    Pierce made his first eight shots coming out of the break, including three 3-pointers. He finished 13 of 16 from the field.
    Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists for the Celtics. Jason Terry added 15 points.
    Kings 131, Warriors 127
    At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, Aaron Brooks added 23 and Sacramento snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Golden State.
    After blowing a 15-point lead, Brooks made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes to help the Kings pull away. Both teams shot 50 percent, while the Kings had a season high in points and scored more than any team had against the Warriors this season.
    Grizzlies 90, Bucks 80
    At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Marc Gasol had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Memphis over Milwaukee.
    Rudy Gay added 13 points for Memphis, which won its third straight. Mike Conley had 11 points and six assists, while Marreese Speights scored 10 points.
    Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 26 points despite missing his first eight shots. Marquis Daniels was the only other Bucks player in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
    Pacers 104, Jazz 84
    At Indianapolis, reserve guard Gerald Green scored a season-high 21 points, and Paul George had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to help Indiana beat Utah.
    George Hill also scored 20 and had five assists for the Pacers, who matched their largest victory margin of the season and won for the fourth time in five games.
    Derrick Favors scored 16 points, Alec Burks had 12 and Mo Williams 11 for the Jazz, who lost their third in the last four games.
    Rockets 125, 76ers 103
    At Houston, James Harden had 33 points and seven assists to lead Houston to a victory over Philadelphia.
    Harden topped 20 points for the seventh straight game to send the 76ers to their fifth straight loss. He made 17 of 18 free throws, including six in the fourth quarter, as Houston improved to 9-2 in its last 11 home games.
    Toney Douglas hit five 3-pointers and scored all 17 of his points in the fourth for Houston.
    Suns 121, Bobcats 104
    At Phoenix, Shannon Brown scored a season-high 26 points and Phoenix hit a season-high 17 3-pointers to send Charlotte to its league-worst 13th straight loss.
    Goran Dragic added 21 points and Jared Dudley had 20 for the Suns, who have won a season-best four straight. Their 17 3s came on 28 attempts.
    Kemba Walker scored 27 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 25 to match a career high for the Bobcats, who have not won since Nov. 24.
    Raptors 97, Pistons 91
    At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto beat Detroit to extend its winning streak to four games.
    Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points for the Raptors, who last won four straight from Nov. 17-24, 2010. Ed Davis added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven meetings with the Pistons.
    Magic 90, Wizards 83
    At Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E'Twaun Moore had 15 to lead Orlando to a win over Washington.
    Redick hit four 3-pointers and Arron Afflalo had 15 points as Orlando won its fourth straight.
    Nene had 20 points in a reserve role for the Wizards, who lost their fifth in a row.
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