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Tim Hardaway Jr scored 23 to lead the Knicks, including 14 during their fourth-quarter push. Carmelo Anthony finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis built an 18-point cushion in the first half, before the Knicks rallied to take a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter.


In Denver, Colorado, Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, as Phoenix handed Denver their fifth consecutive loss.

Goran Dragic added 21 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who completed a four-game season sweep of the Nuggets, their first in nine years.

Evan Fournier scored 25 to lead the Nuggets, who lost a tough game after being blown out in their previous four defeats.

Kenneth Faried added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, who were without leading scorer Ty Lawson (broken left rib) for a third consecutive game.


In Philadelphia, Tyler Zeller scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving added 14 points as Cleveland pushed their winning streak to five games with a blowout of skidding Philadelphia.

Irving, selected Most Valuable Player of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday with 31 points and 14 assists, played only 23 minutes in the rout.

Dion Waiters had 13 points before leaving with a knee injury in the second quarter.

Luol Deng also scored 13, while Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (21-33), on their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in March 2010. That was LeBron James’ final season in Cleveland.

The reeling Sixers fell to 15-40 with their ninth loss in a row and eighth straight at home — their longest skid since the 1996-1997 season. Philadelphia have dropped 19 of 22 overall.


In Washington, Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists as Toronto broke open a close game in the third quarter before holding off Washington.

Five Raptors joined Lowry in double figures, including Amir Johnson, who returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle. He scored 14 points.


In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Al Jefferson had 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Charlotte over Detroit.

Kemba Walker scored 22 points, while Josh McRoberts added 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bobcats extend their lead over the Pistons to 1.5 games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jefferson reached 30 points for the sixth time in nine games.

BUCKS 104, MAGIC 100

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brandon Knight overcame a bizarre foot injury, scoring 18 points and making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal Milwaukee’s victory over Orlando in a game between two of the NBA’s worst teams.

Orlando fell to 3-24 on the road. Despite snapping a four-game losing streak, the Bucks have lost 19 of 22 overall.

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