Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 31 points, and the Knicks overwhelmed the San Antonio Spurs with a sensational offensive performance, cooling off the NBA leaders with a 128-115 victory at New York last night.
Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton added 28 apiece for the Knicks, who snapped the Spurs’ four-game winning streak and dropped them to 29-5. New York rang up the highest point total San Antonio has allowed this season, shooting 55 percent and leading most of the way in its second straight victory.
Tony Parker had 26 points for the Spurs. DeJuan Blair added 17, Manu Ginobili scored 15, and Tim Duncan finished with 14 on just 5-of-14 shooting.
Rookie Landry Fields had 13 points for the Knicks in a big victory before they head west for a tough four-game trip that starts Friday in Phoenix.
NBA teams have started at least 30-4 nine times, but the Spurs gave up hope of that with a little more than three minutes left, when coach Gregg Popovich pulled Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker after one last Knicks flurry made it a double-digit lead again.
The Knicks easily surpassed their league-leading average of 107.2 points even without starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to miss two to three weeks with a sprained left knee.
Heat 101, Bucks 89 — Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, LeBron James added 25 points and nine assists, and sizzling Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Milwaukee at home for their 19th win in 20 games.
Chris Bosh finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed most of the third quarter before putting together a 32-13 run.
John Salmons scored 18 points for Milwaukee, which got 16 from Andrew Bogut and 14 from former Heat guard Keyon Dooling. The Bucks were outrebounded, 47-34.
Lakers 108, Pistons 83 — Pau Gasol scored 21 points and host Los Angeles finally found a sub.-500 team they could beat easily, pounding Detroit.
Kobe Bryant added 17 points, moving him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA’s career scoring list with 26,671. Andrew Bynum finished with 13 points after scoring 8 of the Lakers’ first 14 points of the game.
Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe scored 14 points each, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for the Pistons, who lost their fifth straight to the Lakers and fell to 3-16 on the road.
The Lakers had lost four of their previous six, including three at home.
Bulls 111, Raptors 91 — Luol Deng scored 24 points and surging Chicago beat Toronto at home.
Derrick Rose added 19 points and six assists for the Bulls, who have won five straight and 14 of 16. Reserve Taj Gibson had 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping Chicago to a 44-33 edge on the glass and a 58-38 advantage in points in the paint.
Andrea Bargnani, returning after missing four games with sore left calf, scored 23 for Toronto.
Hawks 108, Kings 102 — Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points and Joe Johnson had 29 for visiting Atlanta.
The Hawks squandered a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, but made 10 free throws in the final minute to earn their fourth victory in five games.
Josh Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta beat the Kings for the sixth straight time.
Grizzlies 110, Thunder 105 — Zach Randolph scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Tony Allen made two late free throws to help host Memphis beat Oklahoma City.
Allen’s two free throws with 15 seconds left gave Memphis a 108-105 lead. Thunder star Kevin Durant missed a deep 3-pointer on the next possession and Randolph sealed the win with two foul shots.
After struggling early, including missing three layups, Allen scored a season-high 19 points. He hit two 3-pointers after making just one all season.
Mavericks 84, Trail Blazers 81 — Jason Terry scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, DeShawn Stevenson also had 18 points, and injury-depleted Dallas held on for a home win.