Blazers Rain on New York
Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter, rear, high-fives forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Washington. Dallas won 103-94. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York — The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony’s season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire’s season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100 last night.
Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.
Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options.
J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games.
Anthony had missed the previous two games with a hyperextended left knee. The Knicks are still without point guard Raymond Felton because of a broken pinky finger and struggled to get their offense going until too late, losing for the third time in four games.
J.R. Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.
Stoudemire had surgery on Oct. 31 to clean up tissue in his left knee and decided to play after going through a couple of practices this week, though adding he wasn’t yet 100 percent. The former All-Star who has battled injuries in recent years was clearly rusty but showed he can still finish at the rim when set up properly.
Mavericks 103, Wizards 94
Washington — Vince Carter scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help Dallas break its six-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
When the Wizards, who are now 4-25, took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years, rallied. They trailed by four at the half, and then outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the third quarter to take an 83-71 lead.
The Mavericks were ahead 99-84 with 3:28 to play, but Washington scored eight straight to cut the lead to seven, but Carter, making just the second start of the season threw down an emphatic dunk with 1:11 to play to make it 101-93.
Pistons 103, Kings 97
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Detroit held off Sacramento for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 when Austin Daye made a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left.
Hawks 95, Hornets 86
New Orleans — Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead Atlanta over New Orleans.
Al Horford added 20 points, Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon.
Gordon, playing in his first home game this season, scored 11 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He made his season debut in a victory over Charlotte on Saturday after spending most of the season recovering from a knee injury.
Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and Greivis Vasquez added 17 for the Hornets.
The Hornets’ Anthony Davis struggled from the floor, making four of nine shots for nine points but had 12 rebounds.