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January 6, 2013

’Melo drops 40 for Knicks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks top the Orlando Magic 114-106 on Saturday night.

J.R. Smith added 18 points for New York, and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating to last season.

Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each had 29 points for the Magic, and Nik Vucevic contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds.

Hornets 99, Mavs 96: Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and New Orleans spoiled Dallas’ first game this season with Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup.

After a timeout, O.J. Mayo was beyond the 3-point line when Gordon went up the air and by him. Gordon’s foot made contact with the ball, knocking it loose. Instead of a foul, officials called it a kicked ball. Dallas got one more chance but Vince Carter’s shot from the right corner ricocheted off the rim.

Celtics 89, Hawks 81: Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat Atlanta.

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit and went on to consecutive wins for the first time since late November against Oklahoma City and Orlando.

Rockets 112, Cavs 104: James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and Houston beat Cleveland.

Jeremy Lin added 20 points for Houston, which has won 11 of its last 14.

Harden, who had four points in the first half, made 6 of 17 field-goal attempts, but was 14 of 15 at the line and had a career-high seven steals. He came into the game averaging 26.3 points and has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last 16 games.

Spurs 109, 76ers 86: Tony Parker had 20 points and Manu Ginobili added 19 and San Antonio routed Philadelphia.

Tim Duncan added 16 points, Danny Green had 13 and Gary Neal had 12 for San Antonio.

— AP

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