NEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony's season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire's season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100 on Tuesday night.
Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.
Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options. J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games.
WASHINGTON — Vince Carter scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help the Dallas Mavericks break their six-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Wizards.
When the Wizards, who are now 4-25, took a 14-point lead early in the second quarter, Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest skid in nearly 14 years, rallied. They trailed by four at the half, and then outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the third quarter to take an 83-71 lead.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Sacramento Kings for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.
NEW ORLEANS — Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
Al Horford added 20 points, Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon.