NBA roundup: Knicks roll over the Pistons

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes against the Pistons.
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Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes against the Pistons.

Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor.

Now it’s right back on the road — or subway, for those so inclined — for the first chance to claim city supremacy.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons Sunday.


Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference’s best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas spanning the Thanksgiving holiday. They were much better Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.

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‘‘We just kind of had a lapse those two games, I would like to think, and tonight was a lot better,’’ Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

New York takes the short trip to Brooklyn Monday to face the Nets, a game that was supposed to be the season opener for both teams and the first matchup since the Nets moved from New Jersey before it was postponed because of Superstorm Sandy.

‘‘If we don’t get up for this game, then I don’t know what games we’ll get up for,’’ said Anthony, a Brooklyn native. ‘‘It’s an inner-city game, New York vs. Brooklyn. To me, going back home, going back to my borough, playing my first game back there is a very special moment for myself.’’

Nets 98, Trail Blazers 85 — Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, 4 blocked shots, and 3 steals to lead Brooklyn over visiting Portland.


Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Brook Lopez had 15 for Brooklyn, which has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on the new home court is the Nets’ best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.

76ers 104, Suns 101 — Jrue Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 assists to help host Philadelphia top Phoenix.

Evan Turner scored 16 points, Lavoy Allen had 11, and Thaddeus Young 10 for the Sixers. Michael Beasley led the Suns with 21 points while Marcin Gortat added 18.

Nuggets 102, Hornets 84 — Andre Iguodala scored 23 points and Kenneth Faried (14 points, 12 rebounds) had his eighth double-double of the season as Denver sent visiting New Orleans to its seventh straight loss.

Spurs 111, Raptors 106 — Tony Parker scored 6 of his 32 points in the second overtime, Tim Duncan had 26, and visiting San Antonio won its fourth straight over Toronto.