NBA roundup: Nets stave off late rally from Sixers

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson took it to the hoop early against the Sixers — despite three defenders in his path.
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Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson took it to the hoop early against the Sixers — despite three defenders in his path.

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 in the third quarter, Gerald Wallace had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, and the Nets held on to beat Philadelphia, 95-92, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday.

The game seemed out of reach for the Sixers when Deron Williams made a layup with 40.5 seconds left to make it 91-83.

But Philadelphia went on a 7-1 run over the next 30 seconds to cut its deficit to 92-90. Jrue Holiday and Dorell Wright both made 3-pointers during that stretch.


Brooklyn only sealed the victory after Williams made two free throws and Johnson another.

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Holiday led the Sixers with 24 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds. Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Evan Turner had 15 points and seven rebounds. The Sixers, who opened an eight-game road trip, have dropped six of their last seven games.

Knicks 94, Timberwolves 91 — Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying New York past visiting Minnesota.

The Knicks trailed from the opening minutes until Anthony scored the final 12 points for the Knicks.

Anthony made a 3-pointer with 1:53 left to get New York within 1, then fought off the tough defense of Andrei Kirilenko, scoring while being fouled and converting the 3-point play with 1:13 to play that made it 88-86, the Knicks’ first lead since it was 5-4 and one they would hold on to.


J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and nine rebounds for New York.

Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Jazz 97, Magic 93 — Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Gordon Hayward added 17, and Utah survived a fourth-quarter rally to slip past host Orlando.

The Magic cut the lead to 1 in the waning seconds, but came up empty at the foul line attempting to tie it.

Trailing, 95-93, Jameer Nelson pushed the ball upcourt and found Gustavo Ayon underneath, who was immediately fouled. Ayon missed the first free throw and intentionally missed the second.


Arron Afflalo had 20 points, and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Orlando, which has dropped back-to-back games since losing starting forward Glen Davis to a shoulder injury.

Spurs 129, Mavericks 91 — Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and host San Antonio routed Dallas.

 Green shot 9 of 10 from the field, including 7 of 8 from behind the arc.

 Tony Parker had 18 points, and Kawhi Leonard added 17 for the Spurs.

San Antonio was 20 from 30 from 3-point range, shot 56 percent from the field overall, and led by as many as 46 points.

After missing the Mavericks’ first 27 regular-season games, Dirk Nowitzki entered with 6:28 left in the first quarter. Nowitzki underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 after battling soreness the previous season. The former MVP finished with 8 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.

Clippers 103, Suns 77 Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists, and Los Angeles cruised past the Suns, extending its franchise-record win streak to 13 games.

Reserve Jamal Crawford added 22 points for the Clippers, who won in Phoenix for the first time since April 17, 2007. Los Angeles’s six straight road victories are also a franchise best.

Jared Dudley scored 19 points and Luis Scola added 11 for the Suns.

Kings 108, Trail Blazers 96 — Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help slumping host Sacramento snap Portland’s five-game winning streak.

John Salmons had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Kings won for just the second time in eight games.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers.