Knicks 100, Bulls 99
Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime, as the host New York Knicks spoiled a rusty Derrick Rose’s return to the lineup and beat the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
Rose scored 29 points after missing the previous 12 games with a strained right groin, but he shot only 8-of-26 from the field and missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left in regulation and the Bulls ahead by three.
Anthony made a 3-pointer eight seconds later to tie it, and scored the final five points of the extra period as the Knicks pulled out a thriller.
Heat 98, Pistons 75
LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, and the host Miami Heat steadily pulled away to beat the Detroit Pistons.
James Jones scored 18 on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade for the 11th time this season. Wade sat out with right ankle soreness.
The Heat are now 10-1 when Wade is sidelined this season, and are 18-1 in their last 19 home games.
Celtics 103, 76ers 79
Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo dished out double-digit assists for his 17th consecutive game, finishing with 15 to help lead the host Boston Celtics to a win over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley each added 18 points, and Paul Pierce had 17 as the Celtics won for the seventh time in nine games.
Spurs 114, Jazz 104
Tony Parker scored 28 points and the host San Antonio Spurs won their 11th straight game, beating the Utah Jazz to maintain their slim lead atop the Western Conference.
Manu Ginobili added 23 points for the Spurs, who are on their second 11-game win streak — a season best in the NBA. But unlike that first 11-game tear, which started in January, the Spurs are now fighting off the Oklahoma City Thunder for first place.
Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Thunder 91, Raptors 75
Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Oklahoma City had a 24-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters en route to a home victory over the Toronto Raptors, snapping the Thunder’s season-high three-game losing streak.
The Thunder never trailed but the game was close for three quarters. Toronto was down 58-55 with 6:05 left in the third quarter, but the Raptors didn’t score again in the period. Oklahoma City then scored the last 12 points of the third quarter and the first 12 of the fourth to take a 27-point lead.