Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points, Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks defeated the Magic, 96-80, Thursday night in Orlando.
J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas each added 15 points for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in their last 13 visits to Orlando. New York also hit 13 3-pointers.
Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Glen Davis 15 to lead Orlando.
The Magic’s loss came on the heels of coach Stan Van Gundy’s comments earlier in the day that included him saying he’d heard from top team officials that Dwight Howard has asked that he be fired.
Howard was held to just 8 points and eight rebounds.
Orlando has now lost five straight games for the first time since 2007.
After giving the Magic a 22-point beating seven days prior, New York again was the aggressor and took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Knicks built their lead drilling shot after shot from beyond the arc.
Chandler also rendered Howard ineffective, keeping the Magic’s star scoreless before a dunk with 3 seconds left in the third quarter.
Orlando never really threatened in the final quarter.
Clippers 93, Kings 85 - Blake Griffin made three straight jumpers in the closing minutes to finish with 14 points and nine rebounds, lifting Los Angeles over host Sacramento.
Griffin’s last jumper with 2:18 remaining put the Clippers ahead by 3, and they held on to rebound from a loss to the Lakers a night earlier that ended a six-game winning streak - the franchise’s best in 20 years - and slowed momentum to overtake its crosstown rival in the Pacific Division.
Randy Foye scored 20 points and Chris Paul had 13 points and eight assists for Los Angeles.
Pistons 99, Wizards 94 - Greg Monroe had 18 points and seven rebounds, Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points in his return from injury, and Ben Wallace made five key free throws down the stretch as host Detroit beat Washington.
Even with Monroe playing well, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank went with the 37-year-old Wallace down the stretch to help stop John Wall’s penetration.
The Wizards were missing Nene and Trevor Booker with foot injuries, but rallied from a 20-point deficit to pull within 5 late in the game.
Wall finished with 28 points and 10 assists, while Kevin Seraphin had 15 points before fouling out.
Detroit could have put the game away in the first half, but missed 11 of 24 free throws to let Washington stay close, 51-40.