Boris Diaw rebounded from a dreadful game a night earlier with a season-high 27 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a 118-110 victory last night over the Knicks in New York.
Gerald Henderson added 24 points for the Bobcats, who capped a three-game trip by winning for the first time since their opener. Reserve Byron Mullens scored 16 points and D.J. Augustin finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Charlotte shot 55 percent from the field.
The Bobcats ruined the returns of Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, who helped get the Knicks’ offense back on track but saw that effort wasted when they simply couldn’t guard Charlotte.
Stoudemire had 25 points and 12 rebounds after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Shumpert scored 18 points off the bench after beating a 2-4-week timetable after spraining a right knee ligament in the Christmas opener.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points, but 22 came in the fourth quarter when all he could do was make the score more respectable.
Heat 118, Pacers 83 - LeBron James had 33 points and 13 assists, Chris Bosh added 22 points and host Miami routed Indiana even without Dwyane Wade.
James also grabbed eight rebounds and the Heat turned up the defensive intensity minus their All-Star guard. Wade sat out with a sore left foot, and his status for tonight’s game at Atlanta is uncertain.
The Heat had a scare late in the third quarter when James went down underneath the basket with a left ankle injury. He also is questionable for tonight.
“It’s been better, but it feels OK right now,’’ James said. “We’ll see how I feel in the morning.’’
James appeared to step on the foot of Indiana’s Paul George while attempting a fast-break layup. After staying on the court for a few seconds James got to his feet, prompting applause from the sellout crowd, and resumed breaking down the Pacers.
Still, the Heat could be without two of their three big stars in Atlanta.
“We will have to see,’’ coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked if James would play. “He has sprained that same ankle every year, he says at least one time a year.’’
Bulls 99, Pistons 83 - Richard Hamilton scored 14 points in his return to The Palace at Auburn Hills, Mich., as Chicago shut down Detroit.
Hamilton received a warm welcome from Detroit fans, many of whom stood and applauded the veteran guard who spent nine years with the Pistons before being waived prior to this season.
Hamilton went 5 of 9 from the field and added five assists. Derrick Rose had 17 points and 10 assists for the Bulls. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit.
Grizzlies 90, Timberwolves 86 - Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds as visiting Memphis defeated Minnesota.
Spurs 101, Warriors 95 - Tony Parker scored San Antonio’s final 6 points, helping the Spurs beat visiting Golden State.
76ers 101, Hornets 93 - Jrue Holiday scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, leading visiting Philadelphia over New Orleans. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 22 points after missing four consecutive games with a bruised knee.
Magic 103, Wizards 85 - Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 15 rebounds, and host Orlando ran past winless Washington.
Mavericks 98, Suns 89 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in his 1,000th NBA game to lead host Dallas past Phoenix.
Raptors 92, Cavaliers 77 - Andrea Bargnani scored 31 points to lead host Toronto over Cleveland for its second straight win.
Nuggets 110, Kings 83 - Al Harrington scored 15 points, Rudy Fernandez had 12 points to go with eight assists, and host Denver won its third straight by cruising past Sacramento.
Clippers 117, Rockets 89 - Blake Griffin had 22 points and nine assists, Chris Paul added 20 points and 10 assists, and host Los Angeles rolled over Houston.