NBA Scores And More: Carmelo Anthony Powers Knicks Past Magic; Bulls, Celtics, Spurs Fall

The Knicks break a six-game losing streak in style, beating the Magic in overtime as Carmelo Anthony racked up 39 points. Meanwhile, the Bulls drop a home game for the first time since January. Boston and San Antonio also lose.

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Magic Vs. Knicks: Carmelo Anthony Powers New York To Streak-Busting Win Over Orlando

Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and added 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks broke their six-game losing streak in bombastic fashion, knocking off the Orlando Magic in overtime 113-106. 'Melo was brilliant in the third quarter, as his 19 points countered Dwight Howard's 15 in the period to keep New York in the game. Anthony added 11 in the fourth and got some help from Toney Douglas and Chauncey Billups.

Howard had a monster game, with 29 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out in extra time. Dwight added salt to the wound by picking up a post-ejection technical foul, bringing his season total to 17. Upon receiving his next tech, he'll be suspended one game by the league. More importantly in the immediate, the technical gave the Knicks an extra free throw when the Magic trailed by just two points with a minute and change left. Billups sunk it, and the Magic never scored again.

But before all of that, Howard did remind us why Mike D'Antoni is loathe to ask Amar'e Stoudemire to defend the Magic All-Star.

Stoudemire finished with 20 points on efficient 6-10 shooting; he and Anthony combined to take 27 free throws, just five fewer than Orlando's entire roster. New York's defense performed, holding Orlando to 1.04 points per possession. The absence of Jameer Nelson may have had a good bit to do with that; his replacement Gilbert Arenas shot 2-11 and had five turnovers to go with his five assists.


76ers Vs. Bulls: Derrick Rose Can't Rescue Chicago's Offense, Philadelphia Wins

Derrick Rose scored 31 points -- 14 of those in the fourth quarter -- but the Chicago Bulls couldn't survive a visiting onslaught from the Philadelphia 76ers, who won 97-85 at the United Center. The loss broke Chicago's 14-game home winning streak, and brought the Miami Heat to within two games of the No. 1 seed in the East.

Philadelphia's defense did a great job to limit the Bulls' perimeter game, Rose excepted. Chicago hit just one of nine three-pointers, and its bench provided just 14 points in more than 70 minutes of action. Luol Deng shot 3-11, and Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah combined for 25 points on 26 shots (including free throws).

The Sixers led by as many as 23 in the first half, but Chicago was in the game in the fourth as Rose and Philadelphia's wings traded baskets. The Bulls ended up with a brutal offensive efficiency of 90.4; Philly has a good defense, but it's not that good. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 21 points off the bench. Most of his work came in the second quarter as Philadelphia opened up its big lead. Young also had seven rebounds and four blocks.


Blazers Vs. Spurs: Portland Climbs Over Stripped San Antonio Squad Missing Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

Gregg Popovich has done this before. Back in February 2009, the San Antonio Spurs' coach held out his three stars -- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, none of whom were really injured -- for a road game against the Denver Nuggets to both rest his team and concede a game to a likely playoff opponent. Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers wasn't quite a rerun, as Duncan has been out for a week and Ginobili was said to be legitimately nicked up. But facing a team the Spurs lost to on Friday, a potential first-round opponent, Pop did pull Parker and Antonio McDyess, all but conceding a game to earn some rest down the stretch.

Only the Spurs led the Blazers heading into the fourth quarter, and Portland looked extremely beatable. San Antonio's lineup woes finally caught up with the team with about eight minutes remaining, as Portland went on a 17-2 run to take the lead and seal a 100-92 victory.

George Hill and Tiago Splitter stepped up for the stripped Spurs; Hill scored 27 points on 11-20 shooting, and Splitter popped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Andre Miller led the Blazers with 26; he, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews did the damage in the fourth quarter as Portland outscored San Antonio 33-20.

There will be no caterwauling this time around as Pop made his play at home, with two starters injured and needing to hold off the Lakers for the No. 1 seed. But keep it in mind. Popovich is always looking for that edge, even if it means conceding a battle to win the war.

In other action:

Pacers 107, Celtics 100: Dear Indiana, you are weird. Weekend loss to the Pistons and Kings followed up with a win over the Celtics? Ay ay ay. The C's are slumping hard; their defense got pummeled by the Pacers. Roy Hibbert had 26. Kendrick Perkins is shaking his head somewhere.

Bobcats 87, Bucks 86: If Charlotte and Indiana weren't so erratic, you might think this game eliminated the Bucks from postseason contention. Milwaukee missed its final 11 shots in the game, a pretty fitting goodbye for this bunch. Also, Boris Diaw at center and Stephen Jackson at power forward ... in the fourth quarter. And won!

Wizards 100, Jazz 95: The Washington Wizards will not tie the record for worst road record ever! The Wiz picked up their second road win of the season on Monday, batting down the Jazz. John Wall had 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Derrick Favors had a double-double for Utah, so I suppose everyone wins.

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