Clouds and sun
82°
Clouds and sun
Hi 80° | Lo 59°

Melo’s 45 Torches Nets

  • Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace (45) goes up for a layup as New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defend in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Barclays Center, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace (45) goes up for a layup as New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defend in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Barclays Center, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) loses a rebound against the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) shoots against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace (45) goes up for a layup as New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defend in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Barclays Center, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York (ap) — Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-97 last night.

Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. Now the series is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, both games coming down to the tense final minutes.

Andray Blatche scored 23 points in place of Brook Lopez, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot. Deron Williams added 18 points and 10 assists, and Reggie Evans grabbed 18 rebounds, but the Nets lost their fifth straight.

Gerald Wallace scored 17 points, but both he and Williams missed potential tying 3-pointers on the last possession after Kidd broke a 97-all tie with his 3-pointer from the left side while being fouled by Jerry Stackhouse.

Nuggets 101, Pistons 94

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Ty Lawson had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Denver over Detroit.

Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Denver.

Brandon Knight had 20 points and five assists for the Pistons. Jason Maxiell added 18 points, six blocks and six rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points.

Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94

Cleveland — Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low last night in a tumultuous season.

Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Lakers from losing for the eighth time in 11 games and to a Cleveland team that came in with just four wins.

C.J. Miles scored 28 in his first start this season for the Cavs.

Los Angeles was without starting forward Pau Gasol, who missed his fifth straight game with knee tendinitis.

Wizards 77, Hornets 70

New Orleans — Jordan Crawford scored 26 points and the Washington Wizards spoiled the return of overall No. 1 pick Anthony Davis.

Bradley Beal added 15 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 13 and never led until the fourth quarter. Washington won for the first time on the road after losing its first eight.

Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 17 points but did not score in the second half, missing all nine of his shots after going 7 of 12 in the first half. Davis, who missed 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle, had 13 points and seven rebounds.