As far as New York partnerships go it hasn’t quite reached the level of Simon and Garfunkel or Felix and Oscar just yet. But the Knicks’ tandem of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith is certainly writing its own New York story during the team’s current 11-game winning streak.
LeBron James, who had missed three games with a strained hamstring, had 27 points as the Heat moved closer to securing home-court advantage for the entire N.B.A. playoffs.
The final seconds ticked down on Rick Adelman’s 1,000th career victory, and a season’s worth of hardship and heartache quickly evaporated. As his players surrounded him to celebrate, the 66-year-old basketball lifer quickly disengaged from the crowd, and everyone in the arena knew where he was headed.
Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in place of the injured Danilo Gallinari to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 132-114 Saturday for their 20th consecutive win at home, matching a team record.
The Nets turned in a flat performance against last-place Charlotte, the worst shooting team in the N.B.A., and clawed their way to a win.
Tim Duncan had 31 points and 14 rebounds to help the short-handed San Antonio Spurs escape with a 99-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Monta Ellis had 22 points and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks secured their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 100-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
They are unlikely to make the playoffs this season, but John Wall has transformed the Wizards.
LeBron James went through a series of tests before the game, all under the watchful eye of the Miami Heat training staff and some coaches.
Deron Williams had 32 points and six assists, and the Brooklyn Nets strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 105-96 on Saturday night.
On a night when the Washington Wizards celebrated the 35th anniversary of the franchise’s only championship, John Wall played like someone who might someday carry on that legacy, scoring 37 points in a display of speed and flair Saturday to lead the Washington Wizards to a 104-85 victory over the Indiana Pacers.