J.R. Smith scored 24 points as the New York Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and the shock of Amare Stoudemire needing more knee surgery to rout the slumping Utah Jazz 113-84 on Saturday night.
The Knicks learned earlier on Saturday that Stoudemire will have right knee surgery that will sideline him for about six weeks. However, they still have plenty of scoring off the bench, with Steve Novak adding a season-high 20 points.
Alec Burks scored 14 points, while Gordon Hayward had 13 for the Jazz, who completed a 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Utah played without starting forward Paul Millsap because of right knee inflammation.
SUNS 107, ROCKETS 105
In Phoenix, Arizona, Goran Dragic scored 13 of his 18 points and delivered a key hustle play in the fourth quarter to help Phoenix beat Houston.
The Suns overcame 38 points from Rockets star James Harden. Phoenix, far out of playoff contention, have three straight wins over the post-season-hopeful Rockets and are 10-3 in the past 13 meetings.
Jared Dudley led the Suns with 22 points. The Rockets got 21 points off the bench from Carlos Delfino.
NETS 93, HAWKS 80
In Atlanta, Georgia, Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, while Deron Williams added 17 as Brooklyn won their third straight game by beating Atlanta.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime against Boston on Friday.
Atlanta have lost two straight and five of six.
Brooklyn had a better performance coming off their 17-point home victory over Washington on Friday, in which Williams set the NBA record with nine three-pointers in a half and scored a season-high 42 points.
Lopez, who finished with nine rebounds, scored 14 points in the third, including a runner that gave Brooklyn their first 20-point lead.
NUGGETS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 88
In Denver, Colorado, Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Denver beat injury-depleted Minnesota to stretch their home winning streak to 13 games, their longest in 14 years.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Grizzlies 96, Hornets 85
‧ Bucks 103, Warriors 93
‧ Wizards 104, Bobcats 87