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  • Knicks win seventh straight

  • NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
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  • NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
    With their new team president watching from a midcourt seat, the Knicks dominated the first half, then pulled away after the Eastern Conference leaders finally got untracked in the second half.
    Fans stood to cheer Jackson in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
    Lance Stephenson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and failed to extend their three-game lead over the Miami Heat, who lost to Boston earlier Wednesday. Roy Hibbert scored 20 on 8-of-10 shooting, but All-Star Paul George missed all six first-quarter shots and finished 4 for 17 for his 17 points.
    New York's previous six wins had all come against non-playoff teams, but this was against a team that seemingly had returned to form after dropping a season-worst four in a row.
    Amare Stoudemire added 21 points and Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who are four games behind Atlanta for the final East playoff spot.
    Jackson met with coaches and players earlier Wednesday, then watched the game from a seat above center court, receiving a loud standing ovation when shown on the overhead screen during a first-quarter timeout.
    The 11-time champion as a coach also was on the Knicks' only two title-winning teams as a player, and there was a different energy in the building during what's been a hugely disappointing season before recent days.
    Nuggets 118, Pistons 109
    At Denver, Aaron Brooks had 27 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead Denver past Detroit for its fourth win in five games.
    Randy Foye added 22 points, Kenneth Faried had 14 and J.J. Hickson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without Ty Lawson (sinus infection) and Wilson Chandler (injection to treat hip injury).
    Greg Monroe scored 22 points for the Pistons and Rodney Stuckey added 18. Kyle Singler had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with nine rebounds.
    Celtics 101, Heat 96
    At Boston, Rajon Rondo hit two running baseline shots in the last two minutes and Boston capitalized on the absence of LeBron James to beat Miami.
    One night after scoring 43 points in a 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, James sat out the game with back spasms and the Heat lost for the first time in their three games without him this season.
    Rondo finished with nine points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as Boston stopped a five-game losing streak. Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points and had career highs of six 3-point baskets and nine 3-point attempts. Brandon Bass added 18 points.
    Bulls 102, 76ers 94
    At Philadelphia, D.J Augustin scored 20 points, Taj Gibson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago handed Philadelphia its 22nd straight loss.
    The Sixers are four losses shy of matching the NBA record for longest-single season losing streak.
    Spurs 125, Lakers 109
    At Los Angeles, Tony Parker scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio pulled away from Los Angeles for its 11th consecutive victory.
    With their seventh straight victory over the Lakers dating to last season's playoffs, the Spurs opened a 11/2;-game lead over Indiana for the league's best record. San Antonio leads Oklahoma City by two games atop the Western Conference.
    Nets 104, Bobcats 99
    At New York, Deron Williams scored 23 points, Joe Johnson added 20 and Brooklyn overcame a late deficit to win its 10th straight at home.
    Williams scored 11 of his points in the final six minutes.
    T'wolves 123, Mavericks 122, OT
    At Dallas, Kevin Love scored 35 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, Ricky Rubio had a triple-double and Minnesota blew several leads before hanging on to beat Dallas.
    The Timberwolves broke a six-game stretch of alternating wins and losses with their second straight victory to move two games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.
    Rubio had 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
    Raptors 107, Pelicans 100
    At New Orleans, DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Greivis Vasquez victimized his former team with six points in the last two minutes to help Toronto defeat New Orleans.
    Grizzlies 96, Jazz 86
    At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol added 20 and Memphis maintained its hold on a Western Conference playoff spot with the victory over Utah.
    Gasol and Randolph each had 10 rebounds for Memphis, which won its eighth straight home game and fifth straight over the Jazz. Mike Conley finished with 18 points and seven assists, and Tony Allen scored 10 points.
    Suns 109, Magic 93
    At Phoenix, Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense and Phoenix used a big second-half run to beat Orlando.
    Gerald Green added 14 points, including three 3-pointers during a 23-3 Phoenix burst that turned a close game into a runaway.
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