NBA roundup: Carmelo, Knicks stun Bulls

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony reacts against the Chicago Bulls in the third quarter...

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony reacts against the Chicago Bulls in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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Final Score: New York 100, Chicago 99 (OT)

New York, NY - In a game of momentum changes, Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 and drained the go-ahead three-point shot with 8.2 seconds left in overtime, boosting New York to a 100-99 win over Chicago, spoiling the return of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The Knicks blew a 21- point, first-quarter lead and then had to rally from a 10-point deficit with under four minutes left in regulation. Anthony, who shot 16-of-31 from the field and made 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, forced the extra session by nailing a long three-pointer with 11.2 seconds left. Rose, who missed the previous 12 games due to a strained groin, had 29 points. He had a chance to give Chicago the win, but his right-handed shot from the left baseline clanked off the rim as time expired. Before Sunday, the last game Rose played was against the Knicks on March 12. The Bulls went 8-4 in his absence. The reigning MVP, who went 8-of-26 from the floor and accounted for eight of his team's 20 turnovers, missed two key free with 19.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Iman Shumpert had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Tyson Chandler had 16 boards for the Knicks, who have won two in a row and are tied with the 76ers for seventh in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Milwaukee.

Final Score: Boston 103, Philadelphia 79

Boston, MA  - The Boston Celtics are once again in the driver's seat in the Atlantic Division after dismantling the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, 103-79, at TD Garden. The Celtics' seventh win in nine games, coupled with the Sixers' fourth straight loss, gives Boston a three-game division over Philadelphia and the New York Knicks with 10 games remaining. Kevin Garnett led five Celtics in double figures with 20 points, while Brandon Bass and Paul Pierce chipped in 18 and 17 points, respectively. Rajon Rondo handed out 15 assists, while fellow backcourt mates Avery Bradley and Ray Allen combined for 28 points. The Sixers, who had led or were tied for the division lead from December 29- March 30, were paced by Nikola Vucevic's 14 points and 13 rebounds. They ar now tied with the Knicks for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Final Score: Miami 98, Detroit 75

Miami, FL - LeBron James scored 26 points, while Chris Bosh added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Dwyane Wade-less Miami Heat routed the Detroit Pistons, 98-75, on Sunday. James Jones nailed six three-pointers en route to a season-high 18 points for the Heat, who moved to 10-1 without Wade this season. The All-Star guard sat to rest a sprained right ankle. Brandon Knight had 16 points and five rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost two straight since winning five of six.

Final Score: New Jersey 122, Cleveland 117 (OT)

Newark, NJ - Gerald Green and Anthony Morrow combined to score 56 points off the bench, as the New Jersey Nets outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-117, in overtime Sunday night. Green had a season-high 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting for the Nets, who picked up their fifth win in seven games. New Jersey got double-doubles from Deron Williams and Kris Humphries. Williams netted 18 points and dished out 10 assists, while Humphries totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds. Antawn Jamison scored 34 points and Lester Hudson supplied career-high 26 points in a reserve role for the Cavaliers, who snapped a nine-game losing streak with Friday's win at Toronto.

Final Score: San Antonio 114, Utah 104

San Antonio, TX - Tony Parker scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, as the Western Conference-leading Spurs ran their winning streak to 11 with a 114-104 victory over the Utah Jazz. Manu Ginobili added 23 points and Tim Duncan posted 13 points and 16 rebounds for San Antonio, which leads the conference by percentage points over the Thunder. The Spurs, who also won 11 straight from January 30-February 20 earlier this year, can reach an NBA-best 12-game winning streak against the Jazz on Monday. Al Jefferson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Derrick Favors chipped in 14 and 12 for Utah, which sits 1 1/2 games back of Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with nine to play.

 


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