Miami, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks ended the Heat’s 17-game home winning streak, though the win came with an asterisk as Miami rested LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers for the second straight game.
Anthony tied a career high with 50 points on an efficient 18-of-26 shooting night, including 7-of-10 from behind the arc, and the Knicks pulled away down the stretch for a 102-90 victory at American Airlines Arena.
New York, winners of nine in a row, got 14 points from J.R. Smith and 10 points and nine assists from Raymond Felton while also welcoming back All-Star center Tyson Chandler, who missed 10 games due to a bulging disc in his neck.
The Knicks pulled even with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Heat with nine to play. They also have two games in hand on Indiana.
Chris Bosh, who drained a game-winning 3-pointer in San Antonio on Sunday, once again paced the Heat with 23 points, while Mike Miller added 18 with eight rebounds in the loss.
The matchup lacked the usual playoff atmosphere between these clubs, but despite Miami sitting its stars and Anthony pouring in 42 points over the first three frames, it was a tight 78-76 game in favor of the Knicks entering the final quarter.
Anthony fittingly helped New York close out the win with a jumper in the lane and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, giving his team a 95-88 cushion with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
Chandler added a free throw a minute later and blocked Bosh at the rim at the other end, and Smith sealed the outcome with a 3-pointer.
Miami did not make a field goal over the final 7:53.
Anthony scored the game’s first eight points and had 17 in the first quarter, which ended with the Knicks holding a 27-25 advantage.
Anthony netted 15 points in the third quarter and assisted on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Steve Novak that gave the visitors a 78-76 edge.
Washington 90, Chicago 86
Washington, DC — John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, as the Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Wall shot 8-of-17 from the field and 11-of-13 from the foul line for the Wizards, who have won two straight. A.J. Price scored 13 points off the bench.
Nene, Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor each scored 10 points, with Okafor also grabbing nine boards in the victory. Carlos Boozer recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost two of their last three games. Nate Robinson scored 17 points, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler scored 13 points apiece and Nazr Mohammed had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.
L.A. Lakers 101, Dallas 81
Los Angeles, Calif. — Kobe Bryant registered a triple- double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a win over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.
Dwight Howard finished the night with a game-high 24 points and also pulled down 12 boards, followed by Earl Clark with a double-double of his own with 17 points and 12 boards off the bench. Pau Gasol chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Steve Blake accounted for 11 points as Los Angeles won its second straight and the third in the last four outings.
With the victory, the Lakers are now tied with Utah for the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.