NBA Roundup: Raptors Win 4th in Row
Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross (31) shoots over New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Detroit Pistons center Viacheslav Kravtsov, left, steals the ball from Washington Wizards forward Chris Singleton (31) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
New York — Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 last night for their fourth straight victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Rudy Gay because Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was just as bad.
Anthony finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds but shot 5 of 24 for the Knicks, who dropped their final two games leading into the All-Star break.
Pistons 96, Wizards 85
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Will Bynum scored six of his 20 points in a late run and Detroit went on to beat Washington.
With the game tied at 76, but Bynum scored six straight points to give Detroit the lead with 3:23 to play. Jose Calderon made the lead nine points with a 3-pointer, and the margin was 11 before John Wall broke Detroit’s surge.
Calderon led the Pistons with 24 points, while Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds as Detroit rebounded from a lopsided home loss Monday to New Orleans.
Pacers 101, Bobcats 77
Indianapolis — Paul George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and Indiana routed Charlotte.
Tyler Hansbrough tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers starting in place of David West, who was sidelined by an eye injury.
Hawks 108, Magic 76
Orlando, Fla. — Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds as Atlanta blew past Orlando.
The Hawks led by as many as 38 points and decimated the Magic defense on the way to earning their ninth consecutive regular-season win over their division rivals.
The Magic have now lost 24 of their last 27 games.
Spurs 96, Cavaliers 95
Cleveland — Kawhi Leonard’s 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining gave San Antonio a win over Cleveland.
Leonard’s clutch basket came after Dion Waiters’ jump shot with 9.5 seconds remaining put Cleveland ahead 95-93.
Hornets 99, Blazers 63
New Orleans — Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and New Orleans handed the Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss.
Davis, who missed all seven of his field goal attempts on Monday night in Detroit, was 10 of 17 against Portland, scoring on an array of dunks, tip-shots and even jumpers from as deep as 20 feet.
Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93
Minneapolis — Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power Utah over Minnesota.
Jefferson helped the Jazz overcome a sluggish start against his former team to pick up a rare road win against a Western Conference opponent.
Bucks 94, 76ers 92
Milwaukee — Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 and Milwaukee rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over Philadelphia.
Nets 119, Nuggets 108
New York — Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s, and Brooklyn came away with a victory over Denver.
All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds and Kris Humphries chipped in 14 points for Brooklyn.