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  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, center, jumps as he and other teammates react to a basket made by Ronny Turiaf, of France, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Clippers won 102-83. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, center, jumps as he and other teammates react to a basket made by Ronny Turiaf, of France, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Clippers won 102-83. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufus (41) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives against Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, center, jumps as he and other teammates react to a basket made by Ronny Turiaf, of France, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Clippers won 102-83. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

New York — Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the New York Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 112-106 last night to remain the NBA’s lone unbeaten team at home.

Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.

Jason Kidd scored 17 points for the Knicks, who bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season a night earlier in Chicago and improved to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden. Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith each had 15 points.

Magic 98, Suns 90

Phoenix — Rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando handed Phoenix its seventh loss in a row.

Nicholson made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career.

J.J. Redick scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half for the Magic in the final stop of their five-game road trip.

Thunder 104, Pacers 93

Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and Oklahoma beat Indiana for its eighth straight win.

A meeting of the NBA’s highest-scoring offense and the league’s stingiest defense went the way of the Thunder, who eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

Of course, Oklahoma City boasts the NBA’s second-best defense to go with all that offensive firepower.

Bucks 97, Nets 88

New York — Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and Milwaukee withstood Brooklyn’s fourth-quarter rally.

The Bucks led by 29 points with 6:59 left in the third quarter but Brooklyn got within six after Deron Williams found Kris Humphries open for an uncontested dunk.

Ellis’ layup then made it 87-79 before the Nets called a timeout with 2:24 left in regulation. On the ensuing play, Gerald Wallace lost his balance and the ball and Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders made a reverse layup to extend the Bucks’ lead to 10 points.

Clippers 102, Raptors 83

Los Angeles — Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and Los Angeles defeated Toronto for its sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.

Eric Bledsoe added 14 points to help the Clippers’ reserves outscore their counterparts 47-24.

Celtics’ Wilcox Fined

New York — Chris Wilcox of the Boston Celtics has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture toward fans during a game.

The incident occurred with 8:47 left in regulation during the Celtics’ 95-94 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday night.

The league announced the fine yesterday.