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(Saturday, March 15th)
Final Score: New York 115, Milwaukee 94
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Jackson has to like what he's seeing from the New York Knicks recently. Three days before Jackson is expected to be named the franchise's new president, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks took care of the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, 115-94, in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden. Anthony scored 23 points in three quarters for the Knicks, who announced they will hold a press conference on Tuesday regarding a "major announcement." Jackson will be tasked with turning around a New York team that has rattled off a season-high six straight wins but is still on the outside looking in at the postseason. Tim Hardaway Jr. netted 20 points off the bench, Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each went for 15 and Iman Shumpert had 14 in the rout. Nate Wolters paced the Bucks with 15 points, while Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions chipped in 14 apiece in the club's sixth loss in seven games.
Final Score: Washington 101, Brooklyn 94
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall scored 33 points with six assists and the Washington Wizards finished the game on a 9-0 run to top the surging Brooklyn Nets, 101-94, on Saturday from Verizon Center. Trailing 94-92 with just over four minutes to play, Drew Gooden started the Washington spurt with a driving finger roll. Gooden then potted a 3-pointer, his second of the season, which proved to be the game-winner. Wall's lefty slam with 29 seconds left put an exclamation mark on the triumph. Gooden posted season highs of 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench, while Bradley Beal donated 15 points and five assists for Washington, which has won 10-of-13 tilts dating back to Feb. 19. The Nets, who entered the contest having won seven of eight, missed their final eight field goal attempts down the the stretch, allowing Washington to complete a three-game season sweep. Marcus Thornton led the way with 19 points in a reserve role, while Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce netted 16 and 15 points, respectively, in defeat. Deron Williams chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Final Score: Atlanta 97, Denver 92
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-92 win over the Denver Nuggets. Kyle Korver finished with 18 points on 4-of-4 shooting from 3-point range and Jeff Teague added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, winners in three straight. Pero Antic scored 16 points and DeMarre Carroll added 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the win. Kenneth Faried scored 25 points and Wilson Chandler added 12 for the Nuggets, who had won two straight entering the contest. Ty Lawson had 11 assists and nine rebounds, but totaled just two points on 0- of-12 shooting from the field. Denver committed 21 turnovers.
Final Score: Indiana 112, Detroit 104 (OT)
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George scored 30 points and helped lead a monumental comeback for the Indiana Pacers, who outdueled the Detroit Pistons down the stretch to rally for a 112-104 overtime victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pacers trailed by as many as 25 points in the first half and were down 60-41 at halftime, but caught fire in the third quarter and later dominated the extra period to earn their seventh win in eight meetings with the Pistons. George deposited 20 of his points over the final two quarters and overtime, while finishing with eight rebounds and seven assists. Evan Turner aided the comeback with 20 points off the bench, with David West netting six of his 15 points in OT to help Indiana prevail. Josh Smith recorded 23 points in the loss, the 12th in 15 games for the fading Pistons. Rodney Stuckey added 19 points and Greg Monroe had 17 along with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Final Score: Memphis 103, Philadelphia 77
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley had 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Philadelphia 76ers their franchise record-tying 20th straight loss following a 103-77 rout on Saturday night. The Sixers last lost 20 consecutive games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 during a 9-73 campaign. The NBA record for most losses in a row is 26, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. Philly hasn't won since Jan. 29 at Boston. Zach Randolph added 14 points for the Grizzlies, who have won five of their last six games. Michael Carter-Williams tallied 23 points and eight rebounds, while Thaddeus Young registered 20 points, seven boards and six steals for the Sixers.
Final Score: Chicago 94, Sacramento 87
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Noah stuffed the stat sheet once again and carried the Chicago Bulls to a 94-87 win over the Sacramento Kings at United Center. Last Sunday in a win over Miami, Noah became the first Bull in 19 years with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. He did it again on Saturday. Noah finished with 23 points, 11 boards, eight assists, five blocks and three steals for Chicago, winners in two in a row. Taj Gibson played a big part as well, contributing 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench. DeMarcus Cousins deposited 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas had 26 points in Sacramento's fourth loss in five tries.
03/15 22:46:28 ET
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