Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony went right back to his winning ways. The Knicks star was the main attraction...
LONDON — Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony went right back to his winning ways.
The Knicks star was the main attraction at the O2 Arena on Thursday, five months after he helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal at the same venue.
This time, he led the New York Knicks over the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in the third regular-season NBA game played in the British capital.
“It felt good out there,” said Anthony, who scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half as the Knicks jumped out to a big early lead. “I definitely had some flashbacks out there.”
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Lakers teammate Dwight Howard and the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will join Bryant in the Western Conference lineup for the Feb. 17 game in Houston. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the MVP of last year’s game, rounds out the five.
Kevin Garnett held off Chris Bosh in fan balloting, giving the East two Boston Celtics and two Miami Heat players. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will represent the defending champions and receive passes from Rajon Rondo. Anthony is the other starter.
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LOS ANGELES — James had 39 points and eight assists, Wade added 27 points on his 31st birthday and the Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 to finish the defending NBA champions’ six-game road trip with three wins.
Ray Allen scored seven of his nine points in the final five minutes as the Heat repelled a late charge by the Lakers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Bryant scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which rallied for a brief lead midway through the final period.
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• Mike Dunleavy hit a three-pointer with 57.4 seconds left to cap a 10-0 run and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away to beat the Suns 98-94, snapping a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.
• Minnesota agreed to terms with French swingman Mickael Gelabale, a former Sonic.