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Carmelo Anthony scores 37; Knicks clinch playoff berth


March 22. 2013 11:52PM
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TORONTO — Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.


Martin shot 9 of 10 from the field and didn’t miss until 1:40 remained in the game, J.R. Smith scored 14 points and the Knicks earned their 41st win. That guaranteed they’ll reach the playoffs for the third straight season, something they hadn’t done since a 14-year streak of postseason appearances from 1988 to 2001.


The league’s second-leading scorer, Anthony has 57 total points in his past two games after missing six of the previous eight with a sore right knee.


Pacers 102, Bucks 78


INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their third straight win.


Paul George added 20 points and had Roy Hibbert had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers.


Monta Ellis had 22 points and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead MIilwaukee, which has lost five of seven.


Thunder 97, Magic 89


ORLANDO, Fla. — Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 19 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic.


The Magic briefly took a one-point lead in the final period, but the Thunder hit eight of their final 10 free throws to help seal the victory.


The win ends a string of consecutive losses for the Thunder, who played the first of four straight games against teams with losing records. They entered the night trailing West-leading San Antonio by 2½ games.


Trail Blazers 104, Hawks 93


ATLANTA — Wesley Matthews scored 28 points to lead three Trail Blazers with at least 20 points and Portland beat the Atlanta Hawks for their second road win in as many nights.


Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 13 rebounds, giving him at least 20 points in seven straight games. Aldridge had 28 points in the Blazers’ 99-89 win at Chicago on Thursday night.


The Hawks led by 11 points in the third quarter before Matthews rallied the Trail Blazers.


Rockets 116, Cavaliers 78


HOUSTON — James Harden scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik added 13 points apiece and the Houston Rockets routed the cold-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers.


Thomas Robinson scored 15 points and Greg Smith grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench for the Rockets, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. Asik also grabbed 11 rebounds for Houston, which has won four of five games on its current homestand.


Hornets 90, Grizzlies 83


NEW ORLEANS — Robin Lopez had 23 points, including a key putback and a pair of free throws in the final 1:11, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies.


Lopez also had 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which has won two in a row. Anthony Davis added 18 points and 15 boards, Greivis Vasquez had 12 points and nine assists and Eric Gordon finished with 11 points.




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