J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and the shock of Amar’e Stoudemire needing more knee surgery to rout the slumping Utah Jazz, 113-84, on Saturday night.
The Knicks learned earlier Saturday that Stoudemire will have right knee surgery that will sideline him approximately six weeks. But they still have plenty of scoring off the bench, with Steve Novak adding a season-high 20 points.
Alec Burks scored 14 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 for the Jazz, who completed a 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Utah played without starting forward Paul Millsap because of right knee inflammation.
The Knicks bounced back from a 95-94 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday to win for the sixth time in eight games, seizing control with an 18-2 run in the second quarter and taking a 32-point lead in the second half.
They played their third straight game without Anthony, their leading scorer who they said has a stiff and sore right knee. Coach Mike Woodson said Anthony remains day to day.
Nets 93, Hawks 80 — Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, Deron Williams added 17, and Brooklyn won its third straight game with a victory in Atlanta.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime at Boston on Friday.
Grizzlies 96, Hornets 85 — Mike Conley scored 22 points, seven Memphis players finished in double figures, and the host Grizzlies won their fourth straight.
Tony Allen had 14 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points apiece. Ed Davis had 12 points, nine rebounds, and matched his career best with five blocks as Memphis won its 12th game in the last 13.
Bucks 103, Warriors 93 — Brandon Jennings had 31 points and 10 assists, Monta Ellis scored 26 points against his former team, and Milwaukee pulled away late to beat host Golden State.
Ellis added five assists and five rebounds, and J.J. Redick finished with 15 points and seven assists while hitting some big shots in the fourth quarter to carry the Bucks to their fifth win in six games.
Suns 107, Rockets 105 — Goran Dragic scored 13 of his 18 points and delivered a key hustle play in the fourth quarter to help host Phoenix beat Houston.
The Suns overcame 38 points from Rockets star James Harden. Phoenix, far out of playoff contention, has three straight wins over the postseason-hopeful Rockets and is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
Wizards 104, Bobcats 87 — Washington, one of the few NBA teams who can actually call Charlotte a nemesis, did its bit to rectify that notion, with Trevor Ariza scoring a season-high 26 points to lead the hosts’ victory.
Nuggets 111, Timberwolves 88 — Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Denver beat injury-depleted Minnesota to stretch its home winning streak to 13 games, its longest in 14 years.