Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and J.R. Smith hit two huge shots down the stretch to lead the Knicks to their 12th straight win, a hard-earned 125-120 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game with soreness in his left knee, but is shooting for a return Tuesday when the Knicks play Washington at the Garden. Martin and Mike Woodson both said he was not available for precautionary reasons, but would have played if Sunday had been a playoff game.
Somebody scrawled a big 50 in blue marker on the greaseboard in the visiting locker room on Sunday, signifying the landmark victory the Knicks recorded when they outgunned the Oklahoma City Thunder. As impressive as that might be for a franchise that had been racking up 50-loss seasons with alarming regularity not so long ago, it’s the way the Knicks won this game that might serve them well in the long run.
Iman Shumpert’s latest hair style may be a big hit with his friends at Adidas, but the NBA isn’t amused. Shumpert, who appears in a national ad campaign for the shoe company, tweeted two photos Sunday on his Instagram account.
Those beards aren’t coming off yet.
Anthony Davis scored 20 points, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson added 17 apiece and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their franchise-record seventh consecutive home loss, 95-92 on Sunday night.
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver has made at least one 3-pointer in 70 straight games, fourth most in league history. His 45.5 percent accuracy is second in the N.B.A.
Mo Williams scored 25 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz regained the Western Conference’s final playoff position by holding off the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Sunday night.
Brandon Knight scored 20 points Sunday night to help the Detroit Pistons snap an 18-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls with a 99-85 victory Sunday night.
Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Clippers sealed the Pacific Division title and set their sights on a larger goal.
Mike Conley scored 25 points, making the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left and leading the Memphis Grizzlies to an 89-87 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Alonzo Gee scored 19 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 91-85 on Sunday night.
Brandon Bass scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics, helped by the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, beat the Washington Wizards 107-96 Sunday night.