Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets, 104-95, Wednesday night in their last trip to New Jersey.
Continuing his torrid stretch without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, Anthony hit his first six shots in front of the usual pro-New York crowd that will become an all-New York crowd next season, when the Nets move to Brooklyn.
The Nets once hoped to have Anthony in the lineup when they got there and he is showing why lately, surpassing 30 points for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine games this month.
He shot 11 of 21, going 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and finished slightly ahead of the NBA-best 32.1 points he was averaging in April.
Thunder 109, Suns 97 - James Harden scored a career-high 40 points, including making 5 of 8 3-pointers, and visiting Oklahoma City dealt Phoenix a blow in its scramble to make the playoffs.
The Thunder stayed a half-game behind San Antonio for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.
Phoenix’s loss, coupled with Utah’s victory over Portland, moved the Jazz a half-game ahead of the Suns for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Spurs 127, Kings 102 - Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal scored 17 points each, sending visiting San Antonio to its fifth straight victory.
The Spurs, playing their third game in three nights, relied heavily on their reserves and won decisively without veteran center Tim Duncan, who was given the night off to rest.
Jazz 112, Trail Blazers 91 - Devin Harris had 27 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and visiting Utah gained ground in the playoff chase by dropping Portland.
76ers 103, Cavaliers 87 - Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter as Philadelphia kept its hold on a playoff spot by downing host Cleveland.
The Sixers snapped a three-game losing streak and moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Wizards 121, Bucks 112 - Jordan Crawford equaled a season-high with 32 points, and John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists as host Washington dealt Milwaukee a crucial defeat in its attempt for the final playoff spot in the East.
Monta Ellis had 31 points for Milwaukee, which has lost four of five, while Brandon Jennings had 25 points and Drew Gooden added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Bulls 100, Bobcats 68 - Richard Hamilton scored 22 points in just 24 minutes as visiting Chicago got a step closer to wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a rout of dreadful Charlotte.
Despite playing without leading scorers Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the floor and connected on 9 of 19 shots from 3-point range.
Lakers 99, Warriors 87 - Andrew Bynum had 31 points and nine rebounds, Pau Gasol recorded a triple-double (22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and visiting Los Angeles rolled over Golden State - even with Kobe Bryant missing his seventh straight game with a bruised left shin.
Mavericks 117, Rockets 110 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as host Dallas rallied past Houston, which lost its fifth straight.
Heat 96, Raptors 72 - LeBron James scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points, and host Miami continued tuning up for the postseason by pulling away from Toronto in the second half.
Hawks 116, Pistons 84 - Tracy McGrady led six players in double figures and host Atlanta built a 37-point lead in the first half to overwhelm Detroit.
Clippers 104, Nuggets 98 - Kenyon Martin tipped in Chris Paul’s missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96, then blocked Ty Lawson at the other end with 20 seconds remaining to lift visiting Los Angeles past his old team, Denver.
Grizzlies 103, Hornets 91 - Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Mike Conley added 20 as host Memphis clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season.