NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony shook off a poor shooting night to make the tiebreaking basket with 2:39 remaining and score 22 points, and the New York Knicks avenged an embarrassing loss to the Charlotte Bobcats with a 91-87 victory on Monday night.
Amare Stoudemire also shot poorly but had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and 13 boards. Anthony was only 6 of 18 from the field, but scored eight of the Knicks’ final nine points.
Iman Shumpert scored 16 points for the Knicks, who won their third straight since a 118-110 home loss to the Bobcats last Wednesday.
Boris Diaw had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Bobcats, who dropped their third in a row.
Bulls 92, Pistons 68
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 23 points and the Bulls beat Detroit for their 13th consecutive victory against the Pistons.
Derrick Rose added 22 points and eight assists for Chicago, which bounced back from Saturday night’s lackluster 109-94 loss at Atlanta. Ronnie Brewer finished with 12 points, and Boozer also had eight rebounds.
The Bulls improved to 4-1 during their first stretch of nine games in 12 days in 30 years. They play again each of the next two nights, hitting the road to face Minnesota on Tuesday before returning home to face Washington on Wednesday.
Greg Monroe had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight games. Rookie Brandon Knight scored 13 points, and Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon had 11 points apiece.
Hawks 106, Nets 101
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Josh Smith scored a season-high 26 points and the Hawks shot nearly 54 percent from the field in beating the Nets for the third time this season.
Joe Johnson added 22, Jeff Teague had 20 and Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks led for all but a few seconds in winning their third straight game overall.
Anthony Morrow had 20 points and rookie MarShon Brooks 19 as the Nets (2-8) remained winless in four games at home. Deron Williams added 15 points and 14 assists.
76ers 96, Pacers 86
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 13 to help the 76ers beat the Pacers.
Led by Iguodala and a deep roster, the Sixers are dominating in the second half to turn close games into comfortable ones. Against the Pacers, it was a 15-3 run in the third quarter that helped them pull away. The Sixers used a 30-8 run in the third to beat Toronto on Saturday night.
The Sixers have made the most of their favorable home stretch, winning in Philly for the third time in four nights. After an off day Sunday, the Sixers played the first game of a three-night stretch, that includes Sacramento and Wednesday’s game at New York.
Raptors 97, Timberwolves 87
TORONTO (AP) — Andrea Bargnani matched his season-high with 31 points, Amir Johnson had a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and the Raptors beat Minnesota.
Jose Barea scored a season-high 16 points and Kevin Love had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which hasn’t won in Toronto since Jan. 21, 2004. Toronto has won 14 of its last 15 games against the Timberwolves.
In the first meeting between Spanish point guards Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, the Toronto veteran finished with a narrow edge over the Minnesota rookie. Calderon had 14 points, six assists and three rebounds in 40 minutes, while Rubio had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes.
Hornets 94, Nuggets 81
DENVER (AP) — Carl Landry scored 21 points, Chris Kaman added 20 and the Hornets beat the Nuggets.
Marco Belinelli scored 19 and Jarret Jack had 13 points and nine assists for the Hornets, who avenged a home loss to the Nuggets on Friday.
Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson had 14 points each for Denver, which lost at home for the first time in five games.
Denver shot just 39 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the 3-point line.
New Orleans led by eight at halftime and increased it to 15 on Kaman’s layup with 7:27 left in the third. Consecutive 3-pointers by Arron Afflalo and Lawson sparked a 10-2 Denver run, but a running jumper by Jack and a block by Emeka Okafor helped the Hornets lead 78-64 heading into the fourth.