The New York Knicks rolled to a 99-85 win against the Detroit Pistons to complete a sweep of their five-game National Basketball Association homestand.
Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points for the Knicks, while Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record last night by collecting at least 20 rebounds in his third straight game. Hall of Fame center Willis Reed had been the last New York player to do it, in 1969.
New York raced out to a 28-13 lead after one quarter at Madison Square Garden in improving to 31-15 overall this season, including a 19-6 record at home. The Pistons (18-31) are 5-18 on the road.
Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 points for the Knicks, whose victory followed home wins against Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and Atlanta. New York, which leads the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, next plays tomorrow at Washington and then Feb. 8 at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Miami Heat (31-14) stayed a half-game ahead of the Knicks for the best record in the East by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94. LeBron James hit 13 of his 14 shot attempts in scoring 31 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Indiana Pacers topped Chicago 111-101 to tie the Bulls atop the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with 29-19 records.
Also yesterday, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-91 and the Washington Wizards rolled to a 98-90 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, who were missing injured All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
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