All Star forward Carmelo Anthony went down with a knee injury but the New York Knicks deferred their concern long enough to overcome a 22-point deficit and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-97 on Monday. Anthony tumbled near midcourt after landing wrong in the second quarter and did not return. He indicated after the game that the right knee was sore for some time,and the Knicks said their high-scoring forward will be evaluated on Tuesday.
Trailing 52-30 at the time of Anthony’s injury,the visiting Knicks were able to trim the deficit to 12 by halftime and finally overpower Cleveland in the fourth quarter.
New York reserves Amar’e Stoudemire (22 points) and J.R. Smith (18) led the rally without their fallen standout.
Anthony,who entered the night tied with Kevin Durant for NBA’s top scoring average at 28.6,finished with six points. He has missed games this season with various injuries,but the Knicks (36-21) can hardly afford to be without him now as they battle for the East’s second seed,currently trailing Indiana by a half-game.
Record 15th win for Heat
Dwyane Wade had 32 points,10 rebounds and seven assists and LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat earned their club-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds,and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee. Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points,eight assists,six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Affalo powers Magic surge
Orlando’s Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds to lead the Magic over the New Orleans Hornets 105-102. Jameer Nelson,returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him six games,scored 15 points and Tobias Harris also scored 15 for Orlando,which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and erased a nine-point deficit during the final 3:15. At Milwaukee,Monta Ellis scored 34 points and Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Utah Jazz 109-108 in overtime. J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks,including their first eight in overtime. Milwaukee won its fourth consecutive game after dropping three in a row following the All-Star break.
Derrick Favors equaled a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah,which lost for the fourth time in five games. Corey Brewer scored 22 points and Ty Lawson had 18 in the Denver Nuggets 104-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks,while LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight loss 122-105.
At Oakland,California,David Lee had 29 points and 11 rebounds to back Andrew Bogut’s strong return as the Golden State Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Toronto Raptors 125-118.