AN­THONY SCORES 35 AS KNICKS WITH­STAND HEAT

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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.

TUES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

FOOT­NOTE

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.

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