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Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Stoudemire powers Knicks past Raptors
NEW YORK (AP) Raymond Felton's shot bounced on the rim so long that he had time for a prayer.
Not that it was needed. Had it missed, Amare Stoudemire said he would have put the rebound in.
The way he and the New York Knicks are rolling, who would doubt him?
Felton's tiebreaking 3-pointer bounced on the rim five times and finally went in with 2.7 seconds left, giving the Knicks a 113-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to six.
"It was bouncing and bouncing. I was praying, praying, praying," Felton said.
Stoudemire extended his 30-point streak to six games in sensational fashion, scoring 18 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and grabbing 14 rebounds. His jumper gave New York a 110-107 lead with 57 seconds remaining and sparked "MVP!" chants at Madison Square Garden.
But after Andrea Bargnani tied it with a 3, Felton launched his 3 that also hit the backboard once after Stoudemire couldn't get free. The point guard finished with 28 points and 11 assists, scoring 20 in the first half to carry the Knicks before Stoudemire got going.
"Those two guys are unbelievable, willing us to win," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Whatever phase you want to talk about, they're doing."
Bargnani had a career-high 41 points, but wasn't close on a desperation 3 just before the buzzer in the Raptors' third straight loss.
Danilo Gallinari scored 20 for the Knicks, who have won 11 of 12 and improved to 14-9, their best mark since finishing the 2000-01 season 48-34. Their six-game winning streak is their longest since also winning six straight in January 2006.
"Any time you can win the way we have been and play with this type of swagger and enjoy all the camaraderie, it's so much fun," Stoudemire said. "We just want to keep that feeling going."
Celtics 105, Nuggets 89
In Boston, Ray Allen scored 28 points as the Celtics took advantage of an injury to Carmelo Anthony and won their eighth straight game, beating Denver.
The loss left Nuggets coach George Karl stuck on 999 wins. His next chance to reach 1,000 comes Friday at Toronto.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo added 13 assists for Boston.
Heat 111, Jazz 98
In Salt Lake City, LeBron James scored 33 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 as the surging Miami outscored Utah by 14 in the fourth quarter.
The victory extended the Heat's winning streak to six, and avenged a 116-114 overtime loss to the Jazz at home on Nov. 9. Miami improved to 15-8, while Utah fell to 16-7.
Bulls 88, Cavaliers 83
In Cleveland, Derrick Rose scored 29 points, including a three-point play that put Chicago ahead for good with 19.6 seconds to play, as the Bulls handed the Cavs their sixth straight loss.
Bucks 97, Pacers 95
In Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut tipped in an inbounds pass from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as time expired, lifting the Bucks over Indiana.
Thunder 111, T-Wolves 103
In Minneapolis, rising star Kevin Durant scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City rallied from 19 points down to defeat Minnesota.
Kevin Love posted his eighth straight double-double with 22 points and 21 rebounds for Minnesota.
Hornets 93, Pistons 74
In New Orleans, David West scored 25 points and Chris Paul had 14 assists as the Hornets beat Detroit to win their first game since the NBA announced its impending takeover of the club.
Spurs 111, Warriors 94
In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 19 points and nine assists as the Spurs beat Golden State to set a franchise record for the best start to a season.
Grizzlies 104, Suns 98 (OT)
In Phoenix, Zach Randolph scored a season-high 34 points and Rudy Gay had 22 as Memphis rallied to beat the Suns in overtime.
Lakers 87, Clippers 86
In Los Angeles, Derek Fisher hit a layup at the buzzer to give the Lakers a victory over the Clippers after the two-time defending NBA champions trailed for most of the second half.
Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Shannon Brown added 16 and Pau Gasol had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers.
Kings 116, Wizards 91
In Sacramento, Beno Udrih scored 23 points, Jason Thompson had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Washington.