LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104.
After drawing attention for antics and a benching, J. R. Smith sat out the first quarter before leading the Knicks on a 32-12 second-quarter run and finishing with 14 points in a win at Philadelphia.
Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 18 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 120-94 Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points, and the Dallas Mavericks recovered from a cold start to beat New Orleans 110-107 on Saturday night for their second win in as many days against the Pelicans.
The Toronto Raptors erased a 10-point deficit to defeat the Nets, who were riding a five-game winning streak and coming off an impressive victory over Miami.
There was a pair of rain delays at an NBA game on Saturday night, a curious happening followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter for a 114-107 win over the Washington Wizards.
D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the streaking Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-97 on Saturday night.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a two-game skid by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 101-85 Saturday night.
Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Josh Smith’s driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 110-108 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Brooklyn 96-80 on Saturday night, snapping the Nets’ five-game winning streak.
PHILADELPHIA — Amar’e Stoudemire played above the rim against the Sixers, throwing down three monstrous dunks on his way to 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the Knicks’ 102-92 win in Philly. “He’s getting his power back and he’s getting his confidence back,” Carmelo Anthony said. “I think when he plays like that and we start believing in him a little bit more, he’s only going to get better.”Stoudemire has been pretty strong of late, scoring 35 points over his past 49 minutes of playing time.
PHILADELPHIA — So what did J.R. Smith learn from this whole shoelace fiasco?”Don’t goof around, I guess. Be serious. Be a professional. And just don’t take this opportunity here you have for granted,” he said. “There’s a lot of people in this world that want our jobs. You can’t take it for granted. It can be taken away just that fast.”Smith returned to the court Saturday for the New York Knicks in Philly after being benched one game (and one quarter) for his shoelace antics.
The big freeze-out ended at the start of the second quarter. J.R. Smith — who began the day by saying he wasn't sure when he would play again for the Knicks — broke from the team's huddle, peeled off his warm-up shirt and joined his teammates in what would become a 102-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night.
There is no guarantee that the way the Knicks are playing basketball the past couple of weeks will hold, there are still too many holes on this team to see it making a run in the playoffs, even in an Eastern Conference as full of holes as well, the Chris Christie administration.
The fact that he works for James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan has engendered media sympathy for Mike Woodson. Yet it’s nothing compared to the love he gets for dealing with the gift that keeps on giving — Mr. J.R. Smith. Following Thursday’s win over Miami in the Gulag, it was no mystery who shot, er, benched J.R.
The J.R. Smith saga resoundingly was trumped by the news of Alex Rodriguez’s season-long PED suspension earlier in the day. But the briefly ostracized Knicks guard perhaps took a small step toward rewriting his storyline and regaining his shoe-laced footing with an unexpected, rebound performance on Saturday night.