Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-106 victory over the host Knicks on Wednesday night that snapped a three-game skid and sent the Knicks to a fifth straight loss.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each added 19 points for the 76ers, who won for just the second time in nine games. James Anderson finished with 18 points.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points after a slow start for the Knicks, who were at least competitive after losing the previous four by a combined 75 points.
They are 0-3 on their eight-game homestand that matches a franchise record and comes during what coach Mike Woodson said was pivotal to their season. But it’s not helping the Knicks at all, as they started their second half with another loss after going 15-26 through the midpoint of their schedule.
Bulls 98, Cavaliers 87: D.J. Augustin scored 25 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng with a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Augustin and Mike Dunleavy hit 3-pointers down the stretch to pace the Bulls, who at 21-20 moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 22.
Deng went just 2 of 11 from the field in his first game against Chicago. The Bulls dealt the two-time All-Star forward to Cleveland on Jan. 6 for future draft picks.
Also, Chicago signed guard Mike James to a 10-day contract.
Raptors 93, Mavericks 85: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points, Greivis Vasquez had 17 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Dallas.
Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who overcame a 21-point, first-quarter deficit.
Also, Toronto forward Landry Fields will be sidelined for several weeks after having surgery on his right wrist.
The Raptors said it was a “minor surgical procedure” to an issue with the ulnar nerve in his hand. Fields, a former Knick underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in November of 2012 to alleviate nerve compression in his right elbow.
Bobcats 95, Clippers 91: At Charlotte,Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte to its first win over Los Angeles in its last seven tries.
The veteran center was 12 of 23 from the field as the Bobcats won for the third time in their last four games at home.
Bucks: Milwaukee starting center Larry Sanders and second-leading scorer O.J. Mayo were each expected to miss Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons because of illness.
Sanders and Mayo have both missed practice the last couple days. Coach Larry Drew said Sanders had a cold, while Mayo had flulike symptoms.
Sanders is the team’s second leading rebounder (6.7 per game) while Mayo is averaging 12.6 points off the bench.
Milwaukee planned to go with a big starting frontcourt of Ekpe Udoh, Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson, who are each at least 6-foot-10, to counter the Pistons’ physical front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Celtics: Rajon Rondo sat out the second half of a back-to-back for the Boston Celtics, who also expect to be without Avery Bradley for two weeks due to a sprained right ankle.
Coach Brad Stevens said he was sticking to the plan to rest Rondo against the Washington Wizards after the point guard played 26 minutes the night before in a loss to the Miami Heat.
Kings: Sacramento forward Rudy Gay injured his left Achilles tendon against the Houston Rockets one night after tying a career high with 41 points.
Gay was injured midway through the first quarter and limped off the court and to the locker room.