The Knicks lost for the 10th time in 12 games, despite a season-high 34 points from Amar’e Stoudemire, a rejuvenated offense and solid performances throughout the starting lineup.
After a stretch marked by injuries and inconsistency, Boston has found its groove. The Celtics have won six of seven entering Friday’s game with the Knicks.
The first-time starters Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers were voted to the N.B.A. All-Star Game, joining the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Clippers’ Chris Paul.
Derrick Rose took over scoring duties late in the game to ensure the surging Chicago Bulls held off the New York Knicks to record a 105-102 victory at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including all five of his 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Clippers 112-91 Thursday night, ending Los Angeles’ season-high four-game winning streak that included a victory over the Nuggets last weekend.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and had a season-high 12 assists, Monta Ellis added 33 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 119-101 on Thursday night.
Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and John Salmons had a season-high 19 for the Sacramento Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 95-92 Thursday night.
Tim Duncan scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the San Antonio Spurs won their third in a row, beating the New Orleans Hornets 93-81 Thursday night.
Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are both All-Star starters. Only Rose is the reigning MVP, and he was the one who owned Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t improved the Knicks’ winning percentage since his arrival, but the veteran forward has increased his popularity.
The Knicks point guard issued were exposed again as Rose scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as Mike D’Antoni began a stretch of three games in three nights with a 105-102 loss.
Before the Knicks took the court against Chicago at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, the results of the NBA All-Star balloting were announced. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Bulls guard Derrick Rose were selected starters for the Eastern Conference team.