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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Knicks bounce back to top Pacers at MSG


NEW YORK — This was ugly, even before Jason Kidd's unfortunate headband style.

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Doing the dirty work: Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace grabs a rebound against the Pacers during their game on Sunday in New York. The Knicks won 88-76. AP

That's fine with the New York Knicks, who are winning even when they don't look good doing it.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the Indiana Pacers 88-76 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"Last year we let this game slip away," center Tyson Chandler said. "It's definitely the maturity of the team and obviously the maturity of the players. We got a lot of vets around here that understand that these games add up. These are the games at the end of the year when you are in that dogfight and jockeying for position, these are the games that put you over or under."

JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven games. After falling 105-95 at Memphis on Friday, the Knicks (7-1) go right back on the road to start another three-game trip Tuesday in New Orleans.

Neither team shot 40 percent, but the Knicks, perhaps sluggish after a quick turnaround following Saturday morning's return home, built a big early lead, went up by as much as 20 and were never challenged.

"Today was one of (those) days where we had to do it on the defensive end," Anthony said. "Offensively we were trying to find it, shots that we missed that we normally make. But on the defensive end for us to be in sync the way we are right now, especially this early in the season, that's a good thing. We want to keep building on that."

The only thing they want to change is Kidd's wardrobe, after watching a cut on his head force him into the headband.

"Not a good look," Anthony said. "Today he had to do what he had to do, but we're not going to allow that."

Lakers 119, Suns 108

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Lakers ran past the Rockets for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.

Thunder 119, Warriors 109

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Nets 99, Kings 90

In Sacramento, reserve forward Andray Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn over the Kings for its fifth straight win.

Raptors 97, Magic 86

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

76ers 86, Cavaliers 79

In Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead the Sixers over reeling Cleveland.

Pistons 103, Celtics 83

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Jason Maxiell added 15 points and Detroit beat Boston for its first home win of the season.

Trail Blazers 102, Bulls 94

In Portland, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece to help the Trail Blazers beat Chicago.

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