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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anthony scores 43 as Knicks edge past Bulls

AP

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony called it a statement game, and the message should be clear for the Chicago Bulls.

If they do meet in the playoffs, the Bulls better finish off Anthony and the Knicks when they have the chance.

Anthony scored 43 points, his most since coming to New York last February, and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime as the Knicks spoiled the return to the lineup for a rusty Derrick Rose and beat the Bulls 100-99 on Sunday.

Anthony tied it with a 3 late in regulation and scored the final five points of overtime in his signature performance since coming to New York last February. He only had the chance to pull it out because the Bulls missed four straight free throws in the final 34 seconds of regulation.

"This was a playoff game. We have a chance, we might play these guys in the playoffs if we keep doing what we're doing and get that seed, so this was a big statement game for us and we willed this one tonight," Anthony said.

It had the look and sound of a playoff game in the tense final minutes at a frenzied Madison Square Garden. The loudest roars went to Anthony, who screamed "This is my house!" after the second 3-pointer in a place where he heard boos just last month.

He said Sunday's big basket was one of the best of his career.

"This was one of the top," he said. "Overtime, Easter Sunday, everybody's watching, everybody's in the Garden, so this ranks as one of the top."

Spurs 114, Jazz 104

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 28 points and the Spurs won their 11th straight game, beating Utah to maintain its slim lead atop the Western Conference.

Heat 98, Pistons 75

In Miami, LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Heat steadily pulled away to beat Detroit.

Thunder 91, Raptors 75

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 23 points and the Thunder had a 24-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to beat Toronto and end a season-worst three-game skid.

Celtics 103, 76ers 79

In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo dished out double-digit assists for his 17th consecutive game, finishing with 15.

Nets 122, Cavaliers 117 (OT)

In Newark, New Jersey, Gerald Green scored a season-high 32 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 36.7 seconds left in regulation and a high-flying dunk in overtime.

Rockets 104, Kings 87

In Sacramento, Courtney Lee scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half.



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