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Knicks beat Hawks to run streak to 10

Thu., April 4, 2013

NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three straight baskets in a key spurt, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-82 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.

Anthony, coming off a 50-point effort against Miami on Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free throw line.

Felton sparked a 12-2 run that turned a tie game into an 84-74 Knicks lead. He scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta missed an opportunity to move into a tie for fourth in the East and wasted a 25-point effort by Kyle Korver, who came up two points short of his season high.

• Grizzles defeat Blazers: Mike Conley scored 20 points and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies set a franchise record for wins in a season with a 94-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

With four straight wins, Memphis improved to 51-24, surpassing its 50-win season in 2003-04. The Grizzlies have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and are jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round.

Former Blazer Zach Randolph added 17 points and eight rebounds for Memphis.

Also, the Grizzlies signed free agent Keyon Dooling, luring the veteran guard out of retirement to add more depth for the postseason.

• Raptors top Wizards: Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the host Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 88-78.

Valanciunas went 16 of 18 from the free throw line and DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for Toronto.

John Wall had 20 points for the short-handed Wizards, who announced before the game that rookie standout Bradley Beal will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury.

• Henderson helps Bobcats win: Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak with an 88-83 victory over the 76ers.

Henderson had a crucial steal late in the game and scored four points in the final minute to help the Bobcats end a three-game skid.

Before the game, the Bobcats announced they signed guard Jannero Pargo for the remainder of the season.

Newcomers lift Rangers to victory

NHL: Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offense just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, and New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a surprisingly dominant 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Clowe scored two goals – after netting none for the Sharks in 28 games this season – and added an assist, and Brassard had a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who scored three times in the first period and never looked back. Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins, who lost for the second consecutive night after 15 consecutive victories.

• Flyers rally in third to top Montreal: Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson scored goals late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Trailing 3-2, Simmonds tipped in the puck from the crease for the tying goal. Less than 2 minutes later, Gustafsson’s pass for Matt Read went off a defenseman and into the net for 4-3 lead. Jakub Voracek scored an empty-netter with 39 seconds left.

• Canes’ Pitkanen out for season: Carolina Hurricanes say defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season with a broken heel.

Pitkanen was hurt in the second period of a 5-3 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid gets win in Champions League

Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo scored nine minutes in, and Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain added goals to lead Real Madrid over Galatasaray 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal in Madrid.

Ronaldo put the nine-time champions ahead when he split defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Semih Kaya, ran onto a perfectly weighted through-pass from Mesut Oezil and chipped goalkeeper Fernando Muslera with a left-footed shot from 10 yards. In Wednesday’s other game, Malaga was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Borussia Dortmund.

• Messi to miss league game: Barcelona says Lionel Messi will miss Saturday’s league match because of a hamstring injury.

The team says he may play in the Champions League return leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

West beats East in boys all-star game

Miscellany: Aaron Gordon had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the West to a 110-99 victory over the East in the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago.

No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the East.


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