Knicks 106, Suns 99
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points as New York won its third straight game and remained unbeaten at home with a victory over Phoenix.
Raymond Felton added 23 points and seven assists for the Knicks, who are at 12-4 overall, a half-game behind Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Tyson Chandler finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who shook off the first ejection of Rasheed Wallace’s comeback — after a mere 1:25 of playing time — that left them short-handed.
Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. The Suns have trailed by double digits in 14 of their 18 games and were already down 10 just 4:18 into the game. The Knicks seemed on their way to eclipsing their NBA-best average of 27.5 points per first quarter when they jumped ahead 21-6 with 5:15 left in the period.
But they got bogged down committing fouls, including one on Wallace against Luis Scola. Wallace was hit with a technical foul, then after Goran Dragic missed the free throw, yelled “Ball don’t lie!” — his way of saying the call was proven wrong — and whistled for another to pick up his 31st career ejection.
Magic 113, Lakers 103
Arron Afflalo scored 30 points, Glen Davis added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Orlando beat Dwight Howard in its first game against its longtime center, stunning host Los Angeles.
Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds against his former team, but the rebuilding Magic rallied impressively for a 40-point fourth quarter for just their fourth win in 14 games, snapping a three-game skid.