Holiday, Sixers Roll
New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, right, goes up for a shot past Philadelphia 76ers' Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia — Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 97-80 victory over the New York Knicks last night.
Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.
Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.
It was a great day for hoops at the Wells Fargo Center. In a game that tipped off eight hours earlier, Villanova knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime for its second victory over a top 5 team in five days.
Wizards 86, Bulls 73
Washington — Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping surging Washington beat Chicago.
John Wall and Nene each scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.
It’s a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
Chicago had won a season-high three in a row for the third time.
Cavaliers 99, Raptors 98
Toronto — Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give Cleveland a victory over Toronto.
Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win.
Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12.
Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto. Alan Anderson scored 17 and Ed Davis had 16 for the Raptors, who had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers.
DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 10 for Toronto.