NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and had 16 rebounds as the New York Knicks held off the Phoenix Suns to win 98-96 in overtime to secure a fifth straight NBA victory yesterday at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony scored four of the Knicks' six points in the extra session, and New York allowed only four free throws while forcing the Suns to miss all seven shots.
Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks (15-22), who climbed into a tie with Brooklyn for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who slumped to their third straight defeat. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points in his best game since rejoining his old team on a 10-day contract.
Tony Parker capped off a 27-point outing with several clutch layups in the final minutes as San Antonio beat New Orleans 101-95 to chalk up a fifth consecutive win.
Tim Duncan scored 18 points before fouling out with 6:02 to go in what turned out to be a surprisingly tense game between the Western Conference-leading Spurs and a struggling Pelicans squad that has lost six straight matches since an injury to leading scorer Ryan Anderson.
John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 as Washington ended Chicago's five-game winning streak with a 102-88 victory.
The Wizards led by 13 early in the fourth quarter and hung on after the Bulls made a late push.
Carlos Boozer scored 19 for Chicago and Joakim Noah grabbed 16 rebounds.
Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds as Houston sent Boston crashing to its ninth consecutive defeat.
Jeremy Lin added 16 points and nine assists in the Rockets' 104-92 victory. James Harden scored 16 and Chandler Parsons 14 after missing three games with a knee injury.
Avery Bradley had 24 points for the Celtics, who are now on their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 18 straight games in 2007.
Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Toronto overcome Milwaukee 116-94.