ANTHONY SCORES 35 AS KNICKS WITHSTAND HEAT
miami» Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the Knicks beat the Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night.
Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season. The Knicks lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter.
Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat.
The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quarter, when the Knicks went on a 27-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control. Anthony finished 13-for27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah combined for 22 rebounds.
Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and the Magic overcame John Wall’s 52-point performance to beat the Wizards, 124116. Wall had the highest-scoring game of his career and kept Washington in it with 33 points in the second half as the Wizards cut the lead below 10 in the fourth quarter. The guard made 18-of-31 from the field and added eight assists. … Tobias Harris scored 22 points and the Pistons beat the Bulls 102-91. Andre Drummond added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points for Chicago. … Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and the Spurs improved to 13-0 on the road this season with a 105-91 victory over the Timberwolves. Leonard hit 11-of-15 shots after not scoring in the first quarter. … Marc Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Grizzlies finally put away the 76ers 96-91. Memphis scored the game’s final seven points to erase Philadelphia’s lead with less than two minutes left. … Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Jazz held on for a 112-105 victory over the Suns. Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 22 points for Utah.
Cleveland’s Smith to miss time. Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least one game — and probably more — with a hyperextended left knee. The Cavs said an MRI taken on Smith’s knee on Tuesday did not reveal any structural damage, but he will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Knicks. Smith got hurt in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win in Toronto on Monday night.