The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 for their 13th straight victory.
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 on Tuesday for their 13th straight victory.
The league scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight games with at least 35 points.
The Knicks tied a franchise record by making 20 three-point shots.
New York has won or shared six division titles, but had gone nearly two decades without looking at the rest of the Atlantic from the top.
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“There’s no reason not to have a smile on your face at this moment,” Anthony said.
Warriors secure playoff berth
OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout, scored 30 points as the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89.
Golden State is in the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Lakers are in 8th
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 104-96.
The Lakers (41-37) are a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz in their battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.
The Jazz, which holds the tiebreaker over the Lakers, lost at home to Oklahoma City 90-80.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 25 points.
Utah’s Marvin Williams of Bremerton didn’t play because of a stomach virus.
Rockets edge Suns
HOUSTON — Jermaine O’Neal was called for goaltending on James Harden’s last-second three-point attempt and Houston beat Phoenix 101-98.
Harden scored 33 points for the Rockets, who earned their first playoff berth since 2009.
Luis Scola scored 28 points for the Suns.
• LeBron James scored 28 points to lead Miami to a 94-83 victory over Milwaukee. The Heat tied a franchise record by getting its 61st victory of the season despite missing Dwyane Wade (leg injuries) and Chris Bosh (flu-like symptoms).
• DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points as Toronto beat the Bulls 101-98 in Chicago.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with a career-high 28 points and ex-Washington Huskies player Nate Robinson, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, added 22.