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Carmelo leads N.Y. to 3-0 start


February 19. 2013 3:53PM
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PHILADELPHIA — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead the New York Knicks to a 110-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.


Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks beat the Sixers 100-84 on Sunday in the opener of the home-and-home series.


The Knicks busted the game open in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 21 points. They got a surprising third from 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, who scored eight points and hit a couple of 3-pointers, including a 26-footer at the buzzer to end the quarter.


After a solid first, the Sixers fell apart, and got nothing going with their set offense. Jrue Holiday led them with 17 points.


Wallace was wooed out of retirement by coach Mike Woodson following two years off. He gave the Knicks a nice, unexpected boost in the quarter from long range.


In his 5 minutes in the third, Wallace's eight points outscored every Sixers bench player overall except Nick Young. He finished with 10 and Pablo Prigioni had 11.


T'wolves 107, Nets 96

NEW YORK — Rookie guard Alexey Shved and Chase Budinger led a furious rally from 22 points down, and the Minnesota Timberwolves came back to stun Brooklyn.


Shved made the go-ahead basket with 2:35 remaining and had a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after going scoreless for the first three. The Timberwolves scored the final 11 points in an impressive rally on the second night of back-to-back games. Seemingly out of the game early in the second half, they overwhelmed the Nets in the fourth quarter with a brilliant effort from their bench.


Shved, a point guard from Russia, hit from in the lane, then Nikola Pekovic scored inside and Budinger made a 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go, making it 103-96 in front of a stunned crowd in the second game at the new Barclays Center.


The Nets hadn't trailed in the second half of their first two games until Pekovic put Minnesota ahead with a little more than 4 1/2 minutes remaining.


Heat 124, Suns 99

MIAMI — LeBron James had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Miami beat Phoenix.


Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and Ray Allen had 15 for the Heat, who are averaging 111.8 points in their first four games. Allen became the 24th player in NBA history to eclipse the 23,000-point mark when he made a free throw with 1:01 left in the third quarter.


Shannon Brown led Phoenix with 18 points off the bench, making five 3-pointers. Luis Scola had 15 points, Goran Dragic finished with 13 points and nine assists, and Marcin Gortat scored 12 for the Suns.


Spurs 101, Pacers 79

SAN ANTONIO — Gary Neal scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Indiana Pacers, setting the franchise record for best start to a season with their fourth straight win.


Tim Duncan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio (4-0). DeJuan Blair added 14 points, Stephen Jackson 12 and Danny Green 10 for the Spurs.


Former Spurs guard George Hill led Indiana with 15 points. Paul George added 14 points and David West had 10.


San Antonio's reserves outscored Indiana's bench players 57-35.


Mavericks 114, Trail Blazers 91

DALLAS — O.J. Mayo scored 32 points, his second consecutive 30-point game at home, and Dallas used a fourth-quarter surge for the victory.


Mayo, one of a trio of Mavericks newcomers who scored in double figures, made six 3-pointers and capped his night with a running dunk with 1:18 left. He scored 30 in the home opener two nights earlier.


Chris Kaman had 16 points, and Darren Collison had 14 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks.


Grizzlies 103, Jazz 94

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 22 points and Memphis capped a day of celebration featuring the introduction of their new owners by beating Utah.


Mike Conley added 16 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and Quincy Pondexter 14 for Memphis, which won its second straight this season after opening up with two games in California.


The Grizzlies also picked up where they left off last season by winning their 12th straight regular season game and extending their franchise record.




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