NBA roundup

Knicks 100, Nets 86

Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup and New York beat Brooklyn on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.

After two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half. Anthony, who missed two games with a sprained left ankle, moved fine and shot well.

J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets, who have lost three straight and eight of 10. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each had 16 points for Brooklyn.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 91

Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, hitting 10 of his 11 shots after halftime, and Boston beat Cleveland to snap a three-game skid.

Pierce made his first eight shots coming out of the break, including three 3-pointers. He finished 13 of 16 from the field.

Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists for the Celtics. Jason Terry added 15 points.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points for the Cavs, who played without Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder who sat out with a bruised knee.

Thunder 100, Hawks 92

Kevin Durant set a season high with 41 points and had 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City held off Atlanta for its 12th straight win.

Russell Westbrook added 27 points - 21 in the first half - and 11 assists for the Thunder.

The Thunder (21-4) improved the NBA's best record and atoned for a 104-95 home loss to the Hawks on Nov. 4. Oklahoma City is 20-2 since that loss.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points to lead the Hawks.

Pacers 104, Jazz 84

Reserve guard Gerald Green scored a season-high 21 points, and Paul George had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to help Indiana beat Utah.

George Hill also scored 20 and had five assists for the Pacers.

Derrick Favors scored 16 points, Alec Burks had 12 and Mo Williams 11 for the Jazz.

Raptors 97, Pistons 91

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto beat Detroit.

Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points for the Raptors.

Anderson helped seal it for Toronto with a trio of 3-pointers in the final quarter.

Greg Monroe scored a career-high 35 points and Rodney Stuckey had 13 for the Pistons.

Rockets 125, 76ers 103

James Harden had 33 points and seven assists to lead Houston.

Harden topped 20 points for the seventh straight game to send the 76ers to their fifth straight loss. He made 17 of 18 free throws, including six in the fourth quarter.

Toney Douglas heated up in the fourth quarter for the Rockets.

Reserve Nick Young scored 21 points to lead Philadelphia.

Magic 90, Wizards 83

J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E'Twaun Moore had 15 to lead Orlando to a win over Washington.

Nene had 20 points in a reserve role for the Wizards.

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