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Anthony scores 40 as Knicks win 10th straight

– Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three straight baskets in a key spurt, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-82 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.

Anthony, coming off a 50-point effort against Miami on Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free throw line.

Felton sparked a 12-2 run that turned a tie game into an 84-74 Knicks lead. He scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta missed an opportunity to move into a tie for fourth in the East and wasted a 25-point effort by Kyle Korver, who came up two points short of his season high.

The Hawks tied the game at 38 on Jeff Teague’s two free throws with 2:41 left. But the Knicks outscored the Hawks 9-2 the rest of the half to take a 47-40 lead into the locker room.

The Hawks came out strong in the third quarter and took a 60-59 lead when Teague drove and scored with 4:10 left. The quarter ended with the score tied at 68.

The fourth period belonged to the Knicks after they broke a 72-all tie on Chris Copeland’s basket, which kicked off a 19-5 run.

CELTICS 98, PISTONS 93: In Boston, Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a three-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap a two-minute scoring drought, and Boston clinched a playoff berth.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 apiece for the Celtics, who had lost two in a row. Greg Monroe had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons.

NETS 113, CAVALIERS 95: In Cleveland, Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip by crushing Cleveland, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season.

Brooklyn’s 21 road wins are the most for the franchise, which moved to the New York City borough from New Jersey this season.

SPURS 98, MAGIC 84: In San Antonio, Danny Green scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 16 to pace depleted San Antonio.

Already without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs rested Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard and used Tim Duncan for only 14 minutes.

RAPTORS 88, WIZARDS 78: In Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Toronto snapped a two-game slide.

BOBCATS 88, 76ERS 83: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, as Charlotte snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak.

TIMBERWOLVES 107, BUCKS 98: In Milwaukee, Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead Minnesota.

NUGGETS 113, JAZZ 96: In Salt Lake City, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter as Denver ended Utah’s winning streak at five as the Jazz (39-37) fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.