Heat 102, Knicks 88
Jeremy Lin was no match for the Miami Heat.
Forcing Lin into the worst game of his remarkable run as New York’s point guard, host Miami topped the Knicks on Thursday night — the eighth win in a row for the NBA-leading Heat, all of those wins coming by at least 12 points.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which enters the All-Star break with the NBA’s best record (27-7).
Lin’s final line: 1-for-11 from the field, eight points, three assists — a far cry from the 23.9 points and 9.2 assists he had been averaging over his first 11 games in the Knicks’ rotation.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, with J.R. Smith scoring 14 for New York off the bench.
Hawks 83, Magic 78
Josh Smith scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help host Atlanta snap a three-game skid with a win over Orlando.
J.J. Redick finished with 13 points and Dwight Howard had 12 for the Magic.
Atlanta got 36 points from its reserves, including Jannero Pargo with 15 and Willie Green with 14.
The Magic recovered from a 10-point second quarter by scoring 25 in the third to pull within three points.
Howard’s lay-in cut the lead to 69-68 with 4:42 left, but the Magic never got any closer.
Spurs 114, Nuggets 99
DeJuan Blair tied a career high with 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping San Antonio beat host Denver.
Buoyed by a 19-1 run midway through the first quarter, the Spurs jumped out to a big lead and held on at the end.
All five starters for the Spurs scored in double figures. Tony Parker had 16 points and 12 assists, while Tim Duncan added 18 points. Richard Jefferson hit 5-of-7 3-point attempts and scored 17.
Corey Brewer scored 23 points for the Nuggets, who have lost 12 of their last 16.