Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots a basket past New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin (3) in the second half at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 95-91. (USA TODAY Sports: Daniel Shirey)
Highlights of Wednesday’s National Basketball Association games:
Knicks 95, Hawks 91
Forward Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, and the Knicks’ defense forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks.
Anthony scored five consecutive points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer from the wing that tied the game at 78-78 with seven minutes to play to help lead the win.
Spurs 92, Wizards 79
Point guard Tony Parker scored 16 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth consecutive win, an easy one over the Washington Wizards.
The Spurs (8-1) had six players score in double-digits.
Forward Tim Duncan, who was held out of Monday’s game in Philadelphia, returned to the line-up but struggled. He scored two points on 1-of-12 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds.
Forward Martell Webster led Washington (2-6) with 21 points.
76ers 123, Rockets 117 (OT)
Swingman James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points, and a dunk by center Spencer Hawes with 34.9 seconds left in overtime put the Philadelphia 76ers ahead to beat the Houston Rockets.
Guard Tony Wroten, starting for Michael Carter-Williams who had a bruised foot, had 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Sixers (5-4).
Houston guard Jeremy Lin, starting for the injured James Harden (bruised left foot), scored a season-high 34 points, while center Dwight Howard added 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for the Rockets (5-4).
Timberwolves 124, Cavaliers 95
Kevin Love produced a 33-point, eight-rebound, six-assist effort and the Minnesota Timberwolves blew out Cleveland even without injured guard Kevin Martin.
Martin was a late withdrawal due to illness but the Wolves (6-3) did not miss a beat as they led by 15 points in the first quarter and by 26 before halftime.
Magic 94, Bucks 91
Veteran guard Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, including 29 in the second half, to lead the Orlando Magic to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Afflalo hit eight three-pointers, including five in a comeback third quarter for the Magic (4-5).
Bobcats 89, Celtics 83
The Charlotte Bobcats led from wire-to-wire and ended the Boston Celtics’ four-game winning streak with a six-point victory.
Former Celtics center Al Jefferson scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the win ended a two-game losing streak and brought the Bobcats back to .500 at 4-4. Boston fell to 4-5.
Raptors 103, Grizzlies 87
Toronto small forward Rudy Gay scored a team-high 23 points in his return to FedExForum as the Raptors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gay was in his sixth season with the Grizzlies when they traded him to Toronto last January as a part of a three-team deal.
Nuggets 111, Lakers 99
Center Timofey Mozgov tied a career high with 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Denver Nuggets pulled away as they won two straight for the first time this season.
Center Pau Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers (4-6), and Jordan Hill also had a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Jazz 111, Pelicans 105
The Utah Jazz picked up their first win of the season with a come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Shooting guard Gordon Hayward led three Jazz players with 20-plus points by scoring a team-high 27 and adding 10 assists as Utah snapped its eight-game losing streak to start the season.
Kings 107, Nets 86
Marcus Thornton came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points, and the new-look Sacramento Kings ended a five-game losing streak.
Thornton, who started the Kings’ first six games, made 10 of 18 shots while Brook Lopez had 16 points and nine rebounds for Brooklyn (2-5).
Trail Blazers 90, Suns 89
Guard Damian Lillard’s layup with 6.5 seconds left lifted Portland to a 90-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
It was the fourth straight win for the Trail Blazers (6-2), who trailed by eight points with eight minutes remaining.
The Suns (5-3) had a chance to pull out the win, but guard Eric Bledsoe’s driving layup missed and a pair of tip-ins failed to go down.
Clippers 111, Thunder 103
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead six Clippers in double figures as the Clippers cleared a major hurdle by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A first half shoving match between Clippers forward Matt Barnes and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, that resulted in both players getting tossed from the game, sparked Los Angeles and they turned a six-point deficit into an 83-78 lead. (Editing by John O’Brien)