Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three straight baskets in a key spurt, and the New York Knicks beat the Hawks, 95-82, Wednesday night in Atlanta for their 10th straight victory.
Anthony, coming off a 50-point effort against Miami Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free throw line.
Felton sparked a 12-2 run that turned a tie game into an 84-74 Knicks lead. He scored 8 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta missed an opportunity to move into a tie for fourth in the East and wasted a 25-point effort by Kyle Korver, who came up 2 points short of his season high.
The Hawks got off to a 10-2 lead, as the Knicks made just one of their first eight shots from the floor. But the Knicks made nine of their next 14 shots and took a 23-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, with Anthony scoring 13.
The Knicks continued their hot shooting in the second quarter and four times had a 7-point lead, the last with 3:52 left when Anthony made a 20-foot jumper.
The Hawks countered with 7 straight points and tied the game at 38 on Jeff Teague’s two free throws with 2:41 left. But the Knicks outscored the Hawks, 9-2, the rest of the half to take a 47-40 lead into the locker room.
The Hawks came out strong in the third quarter and took a 60-59 lead when Teague drove and scored with 4:10 left. There were five lead changes and two more ties before the quarter ended with the score tied at 68.
The fourth period belonged to the Knicks after they broke a 72-all tie on Chris Copeland’s basket, which kicked off a 19-5 run.
Nets 113, Cavaliers 95 — Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip by crushing Cleveland, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season.
The Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cavs, 38-16, and opened a 30-point lead without much of a fight.
Brooklyn’s 21 road wins are the most for the franchise, which moved to the New York City borough from New Jersey this season.
Warriors 98, Hornets 88 — David Lee had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 20 points and nine assists, and Golden State shook off a slow start to ease past New Orleans in Oakland, Calif.
Clippers 126, Suns 101 — DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and host Los Angeles beat Phoenix for its franchise-record 50th win.
Raptors 88, Wizards 78 — Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as host Toronto beat Washington to snap a two-game slide.
Bobcats 88, 76ers 83— Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals, and host Charlotte snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak.
Timberwolves 107, Bucks 98 — Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists, and 8 steals to lead visiting Minnesota over Milwaukee.
Spurs 98, Magic 84 — Danny Green scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 16 to pace host San Antonio to a victory over Orlando.
Nuggets 113, Jazz 96 — Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including 9 straight in the fourth quarter in Salt Lake City, and Denver ended Utah’s winning streak at five.
Grizzlies 94, Trail Blazers 76 — Mike Conley scored 20 points to lift visiting Memphis over Portland.
Rockets 112, Kings 102 — Chandler Parsons scored 29 points to lead visiting Houston past Sacramento.