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NBA roundup — Jan. 28

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Pistons 103, Magic 87

Andre Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Drummond bounced back from a poor outing at Dallas over the weekend, and the Pistons led comfortably throughout the second half.

Detroit has struggled to close out games at home this season, but this time the Pistons turned a double-digit lead into a rout.

Brandon Jennings had 20 points and eight assists for Detroit, and Josh Smith added 16 points. Victor Oladipo scored 19 points for the Magic.

Detroit finished with 17 offensive rebounds — 12 in the first half — and outscored Orlando 44-22 in the paint.

The Magic started former Piston Jason Maxiell for this game, giving themselves a little more size against Detroit’s imposing front line. It was no use.

Drummond, Smith and Greg Monroe went a combined 17-for-30 from the field. Monroe finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Drummond had only four points against Dallas, and he had a scary start in this one. He stayed down for a bit holding his left leg with 6:34 left in the first quarter — after his shoe came off during a scramble near the basket.

Drummond was able to walk off the court, and he was back in the game almost immediately. His putback gave Detroit a 12-11 lead.

Knicks 114, Celtics 88

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds in just 28 minutes, and the New York Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the visiting Boston Celtics for their third straight victory.

Jeremy Tyler added a career-high 17 points and fellow reserve J.R. Smith also scored 17 for the Knicks, who lost by 41 last time the Celtics came to Madison Square Garden but led this one by 35.

New York evened its record at 3-3 on its eight-game homestand, with games remaining against Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday.

Jeff Green scored 14 points for the Celtics.

Rockets 97, Spurs 90

Dwight Howard scored 23 points, Terrence Jones had 21 and the Houston Rockets held on for a win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

The Rockets trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before scoring 33 in the third quarter to go on top.

San Antonio closed to 90-88 in the final minutes, but Howard and Jeremy Lin helped Houston hold on for the win.

Boris Diaw scored a season-high 22 points for the Spurs, and also had 11 rebounds.


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