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Associated Press / December 7, 2010

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Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the surging Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 121-114, over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in New York.

Wilson Chandler added 21 points and Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9, the first time they’ve been four games over .500 since finishing the 2000-01 season with a 48-34 record.

The key has been Stoudemire, who has surpassed 30 in every game during the winning streak, the first Knicks player with five straight 30-point games since Stephon Marbury from Feb. 4-11, 2005.

Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Hawks 80, Magic 74 — Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute, and Atlanta beat host Orlando.

Al Horford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won six of their last seven. Jamal Crawford had 15 points and Bibby finished with 13.

Vince Carter led the Magic with 18 points. Dwight Howard, back after missing two games because of a stomach virus, contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Heat 88, Bucks 78 — Dwyane Wade had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and visiting Miami beat Milwaukee for its fifth straight win.

LeBron James added 17 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat used a 17-2 run in the first half to take control, then weathered a 4 1/2-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth before James, Wade, and Bosh hit clutch shots.

Corey Maggette scored 20 points for the Bucks.

Bulls 99, Thunder 90 — Carlos Boozer scored 13 of his 29 points in Chicago’s big third quarter and the Bulls beat visiting Oklahoma City.

Luol Deng added 19 points for Chicago, which outscored the Thunder, 29-18, in the pivotal third. Derrick Rose had 11 points and nine assists, but shot 3 for 13 from the field.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points.

Pacers 124, Raptors 100 — Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points, Danny Granger had 21, and host Indiana put seven players in double figures in a victory over Toronto.

Rush, a reserve, was 10 for 18 from the field, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range. Indiana shot 55 percent overall, led by a 13-for-26 effort from behind the arc.

Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85 — Deron Williams had 27 points and eight assists, leading host Utah to the win.

C.J. Miles had 20 points for the Jazz. He also blocked two shots and had a pair of steals while holding Rudy Gay in check. Gay finished with 18 points on 8-of-22 shooting.

Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph finished with 17 for the Grizzlies.

Clippers 98, Kings 91 — Eric Gordon scored 29 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 47 seconds left, to lift host Los Angeles over Sacramento, which lost its eighth in a row and 14th in 15 games.

Ryan Gomes added 17 points and Blake Griffin had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Clippers.

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