Starters Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton missed the New York Knicks’ game in Phoenix on Wednesday night because of injuries.
Anthony, who is averaging 28.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, hyperextended his left knee in the Knicks’ loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Felton has been battling an injury to the pinky finger on his right hand that has affected his shot.
The Knicks are 2-2 without Anthony, their leading scorer. This is the first time they were without both he and Felton.
Injury shelves Williams
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams did not play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night after aggravating his sore right wrist the day before.
Williams used his wrist to brace himself as he fell to the court in Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Nets trainer Tim Walsh advised Williams, who has been fighting the injury all season, that this might be a good game to miss. Coach Avery Johnson agreed with that decision.
“Seems like every time he falls, he falls directly on it,” Johnson said before the game. “We’ll continue to evaluate him on a day-in and day-out basis.”
Williams, who averages 16.6 points a game, will be replaced in the starting lineup by C.J. Watson.
Injured Allen misses game
The Miami Heat said guard Ray Allen missed Wednesday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats because of a sore right shoulder.
Allen injured the shoulder setting a screen on Kendrick Perkins in the second half of Tuesday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Allen is averaging 11.7 points per game.
Chris Bosh is active despite getting poked in the eye during Tuesday night’s game.
Heat send down Pittman
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the team has assigned center Dexter Pittman to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA’s Development League.
Spoelstra says the move will give the second-year player from Texas more time to develop.
Pittman has played in only four games this season for the Heat and is averaging 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Miami has not filled his roster spot.
NBA fines Hamilton
Second-year forward Jordan Hamilton of the Denver Nuggets was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday because of a vulgar exchange with a fan during the team’s 112-100 Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Hamilton exchanged words with the fan near courtside after returning to the court from chasing a ball that went out of bounds with about 3:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The exchange was caught by television cameras.
Hamilton scored a season-high 16 points against the Clippers. He’s averaging 6.8 points.
Hamilton was acquired by Denver as part of a three-team draft-day deal that also involved Portland.
Pacers-Bulls to play later
The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls has been postponed by a snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area.
The Pacers announced the postponement Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled tip-off. No date has been set for rescheduling the game.