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  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, takes a shot against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) dunks over Toronto Raptors guard Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-92. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) passes the ball against Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) and Jason Collins (98) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, goes to the basket as he is fouled on the play by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

New York — Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to eight games and moved closer to ending Boston’s hold on the Atlantic Division title with a 108-89 victory over the Celtics last night.

The Knicks beat the Celtics for the second time this week and won the season series for the first time since 2003-04, when they also went 3-1 against Boston. New York climbed back into a tie with Indiana in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would currently mean a playoff meeting with the Celtics.

Chris Copeland added 22 points and Raymond Felton had 18 for the Knicks, who last won eight in a row from Nov. 28-Dec. 12, 2010. They will try to extend the streak Tuesday at NBA-leading Miami.

J.R. Smith, who had 30 points off the bench in his previous three games, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Jeff Green scored 27 points, and Paul Pierce had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Celtics had a two-game winning streak snapped.

New York opened a 4 1/2-game lead over Brooklyn atop the Atlantic and moved the Celtics to the brink of elimination in the division race. Boston has won all five division titles since acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

The Knicks, who won by 15 in Boston on Tuesday, haven’t won a division title since the 1993-94 season.

Wizards 109 Raptors 92

Washington — Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, leading the Washington Wizards over Toronto.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight at home and moved into a tie with Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors, losers of six of their last seven. Toronto leading scorer Rudy Gay scored 11 points — about seven below his average — while being limited to 26 minutes due to foul trouble.

Hornets 112, Cavaliers 92

New Orleans — Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead the New Orleans Hornets over Cleveland.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 15 and Eric Gordon 14 for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak, including a blowout loss to Miami on Friday. Davis’ double-double was his 17th, tops among NBA rookies.

Bulls 95, Pistons 94

Chicago — Luol Deng scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and the Chicago Bulls beat Detroit to extend their winning streak to 18 straight against the Pistons.

Heat 88, Spurs 86

San Antonio — Chris Bosh scored 23 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat beat San Antonio with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and sitting out.

Ray Allen had 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami (58-15), which swept the season series with San Antonio (55-18). By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Antonio, the Heat essentially have a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who a seven-game home winning streak snapped. Danny Green and Tony Parker added 12 points apiece and Stephen Jackson had 11.