Knicks 121, Pistons 100
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and New York ended a two-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit 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.
New York takes the short trip to Brooklyn tonight to face the Nets, a game that was postponed by Superstorm Sandy.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points and Charlie Villanueva had 17 for the Pistons, who have lost six straight games at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have been a much-improved defensive team under Mike Woodson but had a slipup in Texas, allowing 114 points in a loss at Dallas and then yielding 131 while getting blown out Friday in Houston.
They were much sharper Sunday, save for a few minutes where they seemed to ease up after building a 20-point halftime lead.
Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points against his former team, and Raymond Felton had 14 points and 10 assists as the Knicks beat the Pistons for the fourth straight time. Wallace was back after missing a game with a sore left foot.
Nets 98, Trail Blazers 85
Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals, leading Brooklyn to a victory over 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.
Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward was out with a stiff back.
Rookie Damion Lillard added 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers selected Lillard with the first-round draft pick they acquired in the Gerald Wallace trade with the Nets last spring.
On the eve of their first game at the Barclays Center against the crosstown New York Knicks, Williams and the Nets struggled with their shot until the fourth quarter.
Spurs 111, Raptors 106
Tony Parker scored six of his 32 points in the second overtime, Tim Duncan had 26 and San Antonio beat Toronto, their fourth straight victory over the Raptors.
Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, Danny Green had 13 and Boris Diaw 11 as the Spurs won their third straight and improved their NBA-best road record to 7-1.
Parker made jump shots on consecutive possessions with less than 1:15 to go in the second overtime as the Spurs held on.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 29 points, while rookie Jonas Valanciunas had 22. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and Ed Davis had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost their past three games by a combined seven points.
Toronto's Andrea Bargnani had a disappointing game, scoring four points and making just two of 19 field goal attempts.
76ers 104, Suns 101
Jrue Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 assists, leading Philadelphia over Phoenix.
Evan Turner scored 16 points, Lavoy Allen had 11 and Thaddeus Young 10 for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Sixers (8-6) haven't dropped three in a row all season.
Michael Beasley led the Suns with 21 points while Marcin Gortat added 18.
Sebastian Telfair scored 12 points, Jermaine O'Neal had 11 while Goran Dragic and Luis Scola had 10 each for the Suns (6-8), who had won two in a row.
It was the first stop of a six-game road trip for the Suns.
McHale's daughter dies at 23
The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 23.
Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday, and the team disclosed no other details Sunday.
Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. During his absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale's return.
Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement that he extends his "deepest condolences" over the loss of the McHales' "beautiful daughter." He called Kevin and wife Lynn "loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time." He said the "entire organization is mourning."
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