PHILADELPHIA — Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 97-80 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.
Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.
The Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, who are second in the Eastern Conference, have lost five of eight.
Amare Stoudemire had 20 points for New York. Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith combined to go 0 for 17. Kidd had zero assists in 15 minutes.
BOBCATS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 101: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet with 4.6 seconds left to lift Charlotte Bobcats over Minnesota, snapping a 16-game home losing streak.
The Bobcats’ streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21.
Luke Ridnour had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.
Trailing by two, the Bobcats were struggling to get a shot off before the 24-second shot clock expired. A scramble ensued as the ball was knocked into the backcourt late in the possession.
Walker retrieved the ball and passed it ahead to Henderson on the left wing. He pump-faked to avoid a leaping Andrei Kirilenko and swished the 3-pointer.
CAVALIERS 99, RAPTORS 98: In Toronto, Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to lift Cleveland to its third consecutive victory.
Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to give him 32 points on the night. e_SClBMarreese Speights had 17 for the Cavaliers, and Tristan Thompson scored 14.
Toronto had five players score in double figures. Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Anderson scored 17 and Ed Davis finished with 16.
The Raptors had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers.
WIZARDS 86, BULLS 73: In Washington, Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Wizards to another victory.
John Wall and Nene each scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.
It’s a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
Chicago had won a season-high three in a row for the third time. Nate Robinson scored 19 points for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, which equaled his career high.
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