Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists and David Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, as the New York Knicks rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State on Saturday.
Duhon set up Lee for numerous dunks against the defenseless Warriors, who completed a winless five-game Eastern trip and looked as if they couldn’t wait to get home. One of the slams, with 3:09 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin’s team record of 21 assists set in December 1958.
Al Harrington, acquired from Golden State last week, added 36 points and 12 rebounds for the banged-up Knicks, who used only seven players.
Jamal Crawford, traded by New York to Golden State last week for Harrington, had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Maggette led the Warriors with 32 points and 12 rebounds.
CELTICS 89, BOBCATS 84
At Charlotte, North Carolina, Paul Pierce scored 19 points as NBA champion Boston won its eighth straight game to improve to 16-2.
Kendrick Perkins had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Ray Allen added 15 points, Tony Allen had 11, and Eddie House and Kevin Garnett 10 each for Boston.
Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, and Jason Richardson had 22 for Charlotte.
THUNDER 111, GRIZZLIES 103
At Memphis, Tennessee, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, and Jeff Green added 22 to help Oklahoma City snap a 14-game losing streak.
The victory was Oklahoma City’s first on the road and second of the season.
Russell Westbrook had 12 points for the Thunder, and Damian Wilkins and Desmond Mason finished with 11 each. O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 30 points, while Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol scored 16 each.
MAGIC 110, PACERS 96
At Orlando, Florida, Dwight Howard had a season-high 32 points and 21 rebounds and added four blocks, and Rashard Lewis had 24 points for Orlando.
Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points, and Anthony Johnson had a season-high 16. The Magic have won four in a row and nine of their last 10.
Danny Granger had 27 points, and Marquis Daniels added 21 for Indiana.
CAVALIERS 97, BUCKS 85
At Milwaukee, LeBron James scored 11 straight points late in the fourth quarter and finished with 32 in Cleveland’s win over Milwaukee.
James struggled much of the night, going without a field goal for more than 15 minutes in the second half before he led Cleveland on a decisive 11-2 run. He was 12-of-27 from the field and the Cavs shot a season-low 41.5 percent.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a season-high 23 points and 17 rebounds to help Cleveland, win for the 13th time in 14 games. Michael Redd returned after missing 14 games with a right ankle sprain to lead the Bucks with 20 points in 35 minutes.
NUGGETS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 97
At Minneapolis, Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 27 points in three quarters, Carmelo Anthony added 25 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.
The Nuggets have beaten Minnesota seven straight times and 12 of 15.
Randy Foye scored a season-high 25 points to lead Minnesota.
MAVERICKS 101, KINGS 78
At Sacramento, California, Jason Terry scored 24 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and eight rebounds to help Dallas beat Sacramento and even its record at 8-8.
Beno Udrih had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have lost six straight and nine of 10.
HAWKS 102, WIZARDS 98
At Washington, Al Horford’s had a tiebreaking three-point play with 12.4 seconds left for Atlanta and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.