Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in his return to the lineup, Landry Fields added 16 of his 18 in the first half, and the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 113-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night in New York.
Tyson Chandler had 17 points and Amare Stoudemire 15 for the Knicks, whose slumbering offense awoke in just their second victory in 11 games. They shot 60 percent from the field - amazingly the first time they bettered 50 percent all season.
Anthony had missed two straight games because of injuries to his ankle, wrist, and thumb, finally shutting it down after shooting just 31.7 percent in six games since he was hurt. He was 9 for 14 from the field and had six assists.
Lakers 106, Bobcats 73 - Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum added 20 as Los Angeles extended its home record to 11-2 and sent Charlotte to its ninth consecutive defeat and 19th of the season.
Bynum had 11 rebounds, while Pau Gasol had 10 and Andrew Goudelock keyed a big night for the bench with 12 points in the Lakers’ last home game before beginning their annual Grammy trip Friday at Denver. The Lakers’ reserves outscored the Bobcats, 48-30. Pacers 106, Nets 99 - Paul George scored a career-high 24 points to lead host Indiana over New Jersey.
Hawks 100, Raptors 77 - Joe Johnson needed just three quarters to match his season high with 30 points as visiting Atlanta beat Toronto.
Warriors 93, Kings 90 - Brandon Rush scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to spark a late rally, and Golden State spoiled former coach Keith Smart’s return to Oakland, Calif., with a win over Sacramento.
Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 97 - O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime, as host Memphis snapped a four-game losing streak.