Knicks 100, Celtics 85
J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and the undermanned Knicks were just too much for the more-undermanned Celtics.
Smith and Anthony combined for 61 points and the Knicks, playing without Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire, cruised to their fifth straight win, a 100-85 handling of the Celtics, who were missing Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee and others.
The loss was the fifth in a row for the Celtics, who fell to 36-34, while the Knicks pulled into a virtual tie with the Indiana Pacers for second place in the Eastern Conference.
Smith scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds and three steals. Anthony, who took 30 shots, had 29 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
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Timberwolves 105, Pistons 82
J.J. Barea tied his season high with 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves made seven 3-pointers in the third quarter as they rolled to a 105-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace.
Center Nikola Pekovic contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Ridnour added 15 points for the Timberwolves (25-44), who outscored the Pistons 38-16 in the third quarter to break the game open.
Point guard Ricky Rubio supplied 14 points and nine assists as Minnesota made a season high 14 3-pointers.
Jose Calderon had 14 points and Greg Monroe chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds to top the Pistons (24-48), who ended a 10-game losing streak at Charlotte on Saturday. Another futility streak continued, as they lost their seventh straight at home.