In their first four games, the New York Knicks surprised many by consistently performing above preseason expectations and jumping out to an unbeaten start.
Another night and another victory later, the Knicks’ breakout beginning doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, and J. R. Smith and Raymond Felton each added 21 as the New York Knicks held off the Magic, 99-89, Tuesday night in Orlando.
The victory was the fifth straight for the Knicks, extending their NBA-best start. It’s also New York’s first 5-0 start since it started the 1993-94 season 7-0 and reached the NBA Finals.
The Knicks remain the league’s only unbeaten team.
J.J. Redick led Orlando with 18 points and Arron Afflalo scored 13 for a Magic team that was stunted by 20 turnovers that led to 24 New York points.
The Magic dropped their fifth consecutive game and continue to struggle without starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu.
Spurs 84, Lakers 82 — Danny Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left, Tony Parker scored 19 points and San Antonio beat host Los Angeles in the Lakers’ first loss since firing coach Mike Brown.
Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who improved the Western Conference’s best record to 7-1 thanks to Green’s third 3-pointer of the night.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who dropped to 3-5 after committing 17 turnovers on a poor shooting night. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Bobcats 92, Wizards 76 — Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and host Charlotte beat winless Washington to win back-to-back games for the first time since last December.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter to ice down a sore back. Kemba Walker battled inconsistent shooting but finished with 17 points for the Bobcats.
It marked the first time the Bobcats have won two straight since taking the final game of the 2010-11 season and the first of last season.
Trevor Ariza scored 19 points for the Wizards, who fell to 0-6.
Raptors 74, Pacers 72 — DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead visiting Toronto.
DeRozan and Calderon each had 10 points in the first half for the Raptors, who had a franchise-low 5 points in the fourth quarter. Toronto led, 69-58, heading into the fourth and hit only one field goal the rest of the way, also a franchise-worst.
George Hill scored 18 points to lead the Pacers, who have lost four of the last five.