Everything is stacked against the Knicks on Thursday night, which makes it an even better setting if Mike Woodson’s team can get out of Miami with a win over the defending champs.
While Carmelo Anthony received treatment in the locker room for a lacerated left middle finger, the Knicks rallied to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-98, when J.R. Smith hit a pull-up jumper at the buzzer.
Kobe Bryant grinned and uttered the word “irony” as he considered the fact that the team that drafted him nearly 17 years ago was his opponent on the night he eclipsed a scoring milestone to join an exclusive club of NBA greats.
Jamal Crawford once again sizzled off the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers pounded the struggling Dallas Mavericks 112-90 with a commanding display on their home court on Wednesday.
With Carmelo Anthony missing the final two minutes with a lacerated finger, J. R. Smith made the game-winning shot at the buzzer for the Knicks’ fourth consecutive victory.
The defending champion Heat were caught coasting by the worst team in the N.B.A., the Wizards, two days before another date with the Knicks.
The Charlotte Bobcats, who will host the Knicks on Wednesday night, have used every tool available to distance themselves from last season’s 7-59 finish.
During the Lakers’ win at New Orleans, Kobe Bryant, 34, became the youngest player in N.B.A. history to eclipse 30,000 career points.
With Steve Nash sidelined by injury, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers have not yet figured out the rewards of Mike D’Antoni’s offense.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have the N.B.A.’s most high-powered offense, and improved spacing is behind it.
Blake Griffin had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 14 points and 13 assists, propelling the Los Angeles Clippers to their fourth straight victory, 112-90 over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant become the youngest player to score 30,000 NBA career points during his team’s 103-87 road win against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
Raymond Felton, who sustained a bruised left thumb in a victory against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, decided not to skip Wednesday’s game, playing with bandages taped on his hand for part of the game.
Before Kobe Bryant had even turned in his latest dominant performance, NBA Commissioner David Stern sought him out to offer a congratulatory hand shake for the extraordinary scoring milestone the Lakers star was about to surpass.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and the San Antonio Spurs had a season-high 53 rebounds in a 110-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant become the youngest player to score 30,000 NBA career points during the first half of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and the Chicago Bulls took control early on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-85 on Wednesday night.
Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta’s lead and the Hawks held on to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-104 on Wednesday night.
With Carmelo Anthony nursing a lacerated finger, the New York Knicks turned to J.R. Smith for the last shot and he delivered.
Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away to beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 on Wednesday night in Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday his $250,000 fine of the San Antonio Spurs was justified because the club went beyond what league owners agreed was a reasonable approach to resting healthy players.
Paul George scored 22 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 99-92 on Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant has become the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points and only the fifth overall to hit that mark.