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March 1, 2013

Anthony’s 30 points help Knicks beat Wizards 96-88

WASHINGTON — Jason Kidd was saying all the right things, even kidding a bit, about being taken out of the New York Knicks’ starting lineup during a stretch in which he now is 0 for 10 on 3-point attempts.

Might have made things easier Friday night that New York won its third game in a row, 96-88 over Washington, thanks in large part to Carmelo Anthony’s 30 points, Raymond Felton’s 23 and solid defense that held the Wizards without a field goal over the final 4 minutes Friday night.

Despite Kidd’s stat line — 28 minutes, four points, five assists, five fouls, and 0-for-4 shooting on 3s — and the fact that he was on the sideline at the opening tipoff for only the second time in his 50 games this season, he was able to poke a little fun at himself.

“I didn’t come in this league as a scorer and it doesn’t look like I’m going to leave as a scorer,” Kidd said with the hint of a smile. “The big thing is to keep taking those shots. They all feel good, look good. I’ll have to talk to the ‘3’ gods.”

That’s when a voice came from the left of Kidd, who turns 40 this month. It was Kurt Thomas, who already is 40 and didn’t play a minute Friday, pointing out that Kidd ranks No. 3 on the NBA career list for 3-pointers made.

“Thank you,” Kidd said in return.

Otherwise, Kidd emphasized that he and Coach Mike Woodson had discussed the lineup change in recent days “and I was in agreement with whatever he needs me to do.”

In response to a reporter’s question, Kidd agreed that he figured he’d be a backup in this, his 19th NBA season, but that Woodson wanted him to start when the schedule began. Kidd would be fine, he explained, “starting or coming off the bench or not playing.”

Said Anthony: “We didn’t expect Jason to come in, play 35-40 minutes every night.”

Woodson insisted Kidd will come out of his recent shooting slump.

“One of these games, he’s going to bust loose, and he’s going to hit a big one, and we’ll forget all about the ones he’s missed,” the coach said. “He’ll figure it out; he’s been around long enough.”

Until then, the Knicks have other scorers to rely on, none more prominent than Anthony, of course. And even if New York was looking ahead to its game Sunday afternoon against LeBron James and the reigning champion Miami Heat, Anthony made sure his team still picked up a victory over Washington along the way.

“We will be prepared for Miami,” said Anthony, whose 3-pointer with under 2 1/2 minutes remaining gave the Knicks a 92-87 cushion, and they held on.

Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards — who were missing Nene — with a career-high 29 points, falling just short of giving the team its first 30-point performance this season.

“My confidence is sky high,” Beal said.

But after his 3-pointer with about 4 minutes left pulled Washington within 87-86, the Knicks held the Wizards without a field goal the rest of the way.

“We had, I think, three or four ... open-floor turnovers, where we didn’t get a shot and in a tight game, got to get an attempt,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “Taking care of the ball, down (in) crunch time, is the main thing that I think we’ve got to concentrate (on) and do a better job.”

John Wall had 16 points, six assists and five turnovers for Washington. Trevor Ariza scored 15, and Emeka Okafor finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards were held to 42 percent shooting.

The Wizards were up 77-73 at the start of the fourth quarter, but missed seven field-goal attempts in a row over a 4-minute span and New York scored 10 straight points.

In one key sequence that began with Washington leading 77-75, Beal missed a 3-point try at one end, allowing Kidd to head the other way all alone. Wall gave chase and, just as Kidd tried to lay the ball in, the Wizards guard swiped his hand to block it. Goaltending was called, and Wall leaped in the air and punched a fist in anger, earning a technical, too. Anthony made the free throw to give New York a lead, and it never trailed again.

As for what Kidd’s role will be against the Heat?

“It’s up to Coach. We’ll see what Coach wants to do,” Kidd said. “We had some success with it tonight. We’ll see what comes for Sunday.”

HEAT 98, GRIZZLIES 91

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key 3-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Friday night.

James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4 for 14 shooting, plus added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis’ eight-game winning streak.

Marc Gasol scored 24 for the Grizzlies, who got 14 points apiece from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, and 10 more from Quincy Pondexter.

CELTICS 94, WARRIORS 86

BOSTON — Paul Pierce had 26 points, Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free-throw shooting to beat Golden State.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, coming off a 54-point performance Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.

Kevin Garnett pulled down 13 rebounds as the Celtics improved to 3-3 since the All-Star break despite playing much of the second half without their starting backcourt. Point guard Avery Bradley went to the bench early in the third quarter with his fifth foul and Courtney Lee picked up his fourth late in the third.

MAVERICKS 98, NETS 90

NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and Dallas avoided another late collapse.

Dallas led by as many as 20 points, then looked as if it might repeat its performance from its previous game, when it blew a 25-point lead against Memphis. But O.J. Mayo added 17 points as the Mavericks ended their three-game losing streak.

Deron Williams scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half in his first game against Dallas since deciding to remain with the Nets instead of signing with the Mavericks last summer.

Brook Lopez had 19 points and Joe Johnson added 11 as he returned to the Nets after missing the last three games with a foot injury.

HORNETS 100, PISTONS 95

NEW ORLEANS — Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.

Eric Gordon added 21 points and Ryan Anderson 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who were short-handed in the front court with starting forward Anthony Davis sitting out his second straight game because of a sprained left shoulder.

New Orleans native Greg Monroe had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, while Brandon Knight added 22 points, including a 3-pointer that tied the score at 91.

Vasquez’s final basket made it 98-95, and Rodney Stuckey missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it in the final seconds.

CLIPPERS 105, CAVALIERS 89

CLEVELAND — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Clippers ran away in the final period for their first win in Cleveland since 2002.

The Clippers had lost 10 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.

Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers, having their best season in franchise history, won their fourth in a row. After Griffin scored on a monster dunk — off a lob from Crawford — to put Los Angeles ahead by 23, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro pulled his starters with 4:19 left.

Rookie Dion Waiters scored 17 for the Cavs, who played their third straight game without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving.

PACERS 93, RAPTORS 81

TORONTO — Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana beat Toronto.

Roy Hibbert returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points as the Central Division leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.

Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Alan Anderson had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and four of five.

George scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, nine of them on 3-pointers, including one with 9:56 left that put the Pacers up 72-53, their biggest lead of the game.

This was the first time in four meetings between the teams this season that the margin of victory was more than two points.

ROCKETS 118, MAGIC 110

ORLANDO, Fla. — James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.

The Rockets stopped a two-game skid and ended a five-game losing streak to the Magic. Houston trailed by two late in the game, before using an 11-0 run to seize control.

The Rockets return home to host Dallas on Sunday as they try to stay in the Western Conference playoff picture.  

Tobias Harris scored a career-high 27 points to lead Orlando, followed by Arron Afflalo with 19 and Niklola Vucevic with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  

The Magic have dropped two in a row and 30 of their last 34.

SPURS 130, KINGS 102

SAN ANTONIO — DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and San Antonio overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat Sacramento.

The Spurs rebounded from their first home loss in 18 games two nights earlier against Phoenix, but it may have been a costly victory. Parker, the Spurs’ leading scorer, went down with a left ankle sprain with 4:40 left in the third quarter after a drive to the basket and scooping bucket. Parker immediately fell to the ground grabbing his leg and was helped off the court and straight to the locker room. He did not return.

Parker finished with 13 points and seven assists.

Marcus Thornton scored 25 points to lead the Kings.

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