Phil Jackson was just one of the ’73 champion Knicks joyfully celebrating their 40th anniversary together at the Garden, the same way they shared the basketball on the court. The new Knicks, the ones who played the Bucks on Friday night, play a very different brand of basketball.
Kevin Ware will not just be on the Louisville bench for Saturday night’s national semifinal against Wichita State. His image will be all over the Georgia Dome. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is picking up the tab for 1,000 giant likenesses of Ware’s head that will be distributed to Cardinals students at the game.
Carmelo Anthony rightly dubbed it “a legendary game,â? and he clearly wasn’t just referring to the 40th anniversary celebration the Knicks held Friday night for their 1972-73 championship team.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the host Charlotte Bobcats.
As the Knicks celebrated the 40th anniversary of their most recent N.B.A. title, among the former players saluted was Phil Jackson, who became a New York rival as a coach.
James Harden had 33 points and the short-handed Houston Rockets edged closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 116-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Stephen Curry scored 18 points and matched his career high with 15 assists, sinking two late free throws to seal Golden State’s 111-107 victory over Phoenix on Friday, extending the Suns’ losing streak to a season-worst eight games.
Shawn Marion had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 117-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Carmelo Anthony gave fans his own reason to celebrate 40.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook refused to let anyone celebrate at their expense Friday night.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks past the Bucks, becoming the first Knick with 40 points or more in three straight games since Bernard King in 1984.
Gordon Hayward scored 23 points after a 1-of-8 start and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-83 on Friday night.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-79 on Friday night.
Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng finished with 19 after a slow start, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 87-86 on Friday night.
Rudy Gay had 26 points and five rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a rare road victory in the West 95-93 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Tristan Thompson had career highs with 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Evan Turner had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers opened with their highest-scoring quarter of the season and beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-90 on Friday night.
The Denver Nuggets will be without the versatile forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after tests showed he tore his left A.C.L. against Dallas on Thursday.