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NBA International: New York's Carmelo Anthony drives past Detroit's Tayshaun Prince during Thursday's game at the O2 Arena in London. The Knicks beat the Pistons 102-87. AP

Anthony, Knicks stave off pesky Pistons in London showcase

AP

LONDON — Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony went right back to his winning ways.

The Knicks star was the main attraction at the O2 Arena on Thursday, five months after he helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal at the same venue.

This time, he led the New York Knicks over the Detroit Pistons, 102-87 in the third regular-season NBA game played in the British capital.

"It felt good out there," said Anthony, who scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half as the Knicks (25-13) jumped out to a big early lead. "I definitely had some flashbacks out there. Running out there on the court, just being in the O2 Arena."

Part of Anthony's strong showing against the Pistons (14-25) may be attributed to his diet. He recently ended a two-week fasting period, and definitely seems to be getting his strength back.

Anthony has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, extending the longest such streak of his career.

"He got off to such a hot start, and then he just kind of played as the game came to him," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "He was getting double-teamed and I thought he did a great job in sacrificing the basketball, which he has to do."

Anthony's hot start was no surprise for Detroit coach Lawrence Frank.

"You know going in, there's no secrets, he's the best first-quarter scorer in the league," Frank said.

Amare Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points.

Trailing 56-41 at the half, Detroit mounted a third-quarter comeback. The Pistons scored 10 straight points midway through the period amid their own 16-2 run to cut the lead to 67-63.

In the fourth, Detroit briefly cut the lead to single digits when Bynum scored seven straight points to make it 83-75, but the Knicks pulled away again — this time for good.

Heat 99, Lakers 90

In Los Angeles, LeBron James had 39 points and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 27 points on his 31st birthday and Miami held off the Lakers to finish its six-game road trip with three wins.

Ray Allen scored seven of his nine points in the final 5 minutes as the defending NBA champions repelled a late charge by the Lakers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which rallied for a brief lead midway through the final period before the Heat secured their second win in their last eight road games against the Lakers.

Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds, but missed two key free throws with 1:51 left while Miami pulled away, capping the All-Star starting center's 5-for-13 effort at the line.

Bryant scored at least 20 points in his 23rd consecutive game, but the NBA's leading scorer missed 14 of his first 17 shots.

Clippers 90, Timberwolves 77

In Minneapolis, Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Blake Griffin added 20 and Los Angeles hardly broke a sweat in cruising past free-falling Minnesota.

Lamar Odom grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists, and the Clippers outscored the Timberwolves' bench 45-23 to overcome Chris Paul's third straight missed game because of a knee injury.

Bucks 98, Suns 94

In Phoenix, Mike Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer with 57.4 seconds left to cap a 10-0 run and Milwaukee pulled away to snap a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.



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