Final Score: New York 99, Philadelphia 93
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Entering play Sunday, the sputtering New York Knicks saw their huge lead in the Atlantic Division shrink to one game. A date with the slumping Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden helped New York establish at least some momentum going forward. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points in the Knicks' 99-93 win over the 76ers. The Knicks built a four- game advantage in the division earlier this month over the Brooklyn Nets, but New York saw its gap dissipate to one as it came into Sunday's tilt on a four- game skid. Also prior to the tilt, the squad fell a game behind the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers, who routed New York 125-91 on Wednesday, for the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Amare Stoudemire added 22 points in the triumph for New York. Jrue Holiday netted 30 points and Evan Turner finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped a season-high five consecutive contests.
Final Score: San Antonio 97, Phoenix 87
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs didn't look past their lowly foe in the finale of their longest road trip of the season. Kawhi Leonard led a balanced Spurs attack with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals in San Antonio's 97-87 rout of the Phoenix Suns. Six Spurs finished in double figures, including Patty Mills (16), Tiago Splitter (14), Boris Diaw (12), Manu Ginobili (11) and Tim Duncan (10). San Antonio went 7-2 on its road stretch. Tony Parker missed his fourth game this year due to a right triceps contusion. The Spurs are 3-1 without him. Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
Final Score: Portland 92, Boston 86
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Wesley Matthews scored 24 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 92-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Matthews was 8-of-11 from the field, including five 3-pointers. Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, and J.J. Hickson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak. Paul Pierce had a team- high 23 points as well as eight assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who came into the game off a win against Phoenix. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and nine boards, while Brandon Bass and Jeff Green scored 11 points apiece.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 102, Chicago 72
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder finally clamped down defensively. Russell Westbrook had 23 points in the Thunder's 102-72 win over the Chicago Bulls. Oklahoma City had allowed at least 109 points in each of its last four contests when it went 1-3. Kevin Durant registered 19 points, though on only 6-of-19 shooting, to go with 16 rebounds and six assists for the Thunder, who held the Bulls to a season-low 29.1 percent (25-of-86) from the floor. Luol Deng and Nate Robinson both netted 13 points to lead Chicago, which has dropped six of its last nine tilts.