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Anthony inspires Knicks win

The in-form New York Knicks toppled Eastern Conference leaders the Indiana Pacers for their seventh successive NBA win.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 34 points as the Knicks won 92-86 at Madison Square Garden, Amar'e Stoudemire adding 21 in support.

Indiana remain three games clear of the Miami Heat, who lost 101-96 to the Boston Celtics. Avery Bradley top-scored with 23 points while Rajon Rondo had 10 defensive rebounds and 15 assists and was one point short of a triple-double.

The Toronto Raptors follow a distant third in the conference standings after their first win in three, 107-100 against the New Orleans Pelicans. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry 23.

Next come the Chicago Bulls, who inflicted a 22nd successive defeat on the Philadelphia 76ers by a 102-94 scoreline.

DJ Augustin scored 20 points in a strong team effort from Chicago, Taj Gibson adding 19 with 13 rebounds, but Thaddeus Young led all scorers with 24 points in a futile cause.

Philly are four away from the longest losing streak in NBA history, 26 games by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Brooklyn Nets rode a strong first half to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-99, Deron Williams socring 25 points and Joe Johnson 20.

The San Antonio Spurs top the Western Conference standings by two games after a 125-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tony Parker scored 25 points and there were double-doubles for Kawhi Leonard (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Tim Duncan (12 points, 16 rebounds) in the Spurs' 11th consecutive win and their 51st of the season, the NBA's best record.

The Memphis Grizzlies nudged ahead of the Dallas Mavericks into the seventh seed with a 96-86 win over the Utah Jazz, despite allowing a 48-32 half-time lead to be pegged back to 84-84. Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Marc Gasol 20, Randolph adding 11 boards.

Dallas lost an overtime thriller 123-122 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love with the clinching basket as he finished with 35 points.

The Denver Nuggets beat the Detroit Pistons 118-109 while the Phoenix Suns beat the Orland Magic 109-93.