MIAMI (AP) — Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points, and the New York Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while topping Miami for the second time this season, beating the Heat 112-92 on Thursday night.
Steve Novak scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1 games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone, the most by any NBA team in any quarter so far this season.
“It was fun. It was fun the whole game,” Felton said. “Everybody contributed tonight. Everybody did something amazing. We played a great game minus our superstar.”
Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.
LeBron James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists — in Miami’s second straight loss. Dwyane Wade scored 13 points, Chris Bosh had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for the Heat, who fell to 8-1 at home.
“I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better,” James said. “It’s that simple. So I’m here, and I’m the last one to leave.”
Rasheed Wallace scored 12 and Jason Kidd added 11 for the Knicks, who finished 18 for 44 from 3-point range.
MAVERICKS 97, SUNS 94
PHOENIX (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds to go, and Dallas sent Phoenix to its fifth consecutive loss.
Brandan Wright and Darren Collison scored 16 apiece for Dallas. Wright’s total was a season high. Chris Kaman added 15 points.
Markieff Morris had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to tie it in the final minute.
Kaman (sprained ankle) and Shawn Marion (strained right groin) left the game with injuries for Dallas, as did P.J. Tucker (sprained knee) and Jermaine O’Neal (eye) for Phoenix.
The game was played on “money-back guarantee night,” when those who bought a ticket could get their money back if they didn’t have a good time. The Suns said it was the first promotion of its kind in the NBA.