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Anthony runs Knicks to 11 straight wins

Sat., April 6, 2013, midnight

NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, tying a franchise record with this third straight 40-point game, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-83 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony, who had 50 points and 40 in his previous two games, equaled Bernard King’s 1984-85 mark.

J.R. Smith added 30 points for the Knicks, who used a huge third quarter to turn around the game after a lackluster first half on the night they honored their 1972-73 NBA championship team.

• Durant, Westbrook lead Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant overcame a bruised left calf to score 34 points and Russell Westbrook added 24 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 97-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Indianapolis.

Oklahoma City has won three straight to move into a tie with San Antonio for the top seed in the Western Conference.

• Lakers hold off Grizzlies: Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol added 19 points, and the Lakers stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles.

Dwight Howard hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds left for the Lakers, who have won three straight in the final weeks of their desperate push for a postseason spot.

Pittsburgh returns to winning ways

NHL: Newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in regulation in his debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as the Penguins edged the New York Rangers 2-1 at Pittsburgh.

The Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak that followed a 15-game winning streak.

Oil Kings open with victory over Tigers

WHL playoffs: Edgars Kulda had a goal and two assists to help pace the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

In Friday’s other game, Chris Driedger stopped 29 shots as the Calgary Hitmen edged the visiting Red Deer Rebels 2-1.

Calgary leads the Eastern Conference semifinal 2-0.

McIlroy within one at Texas Open

Golf: Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within a shot of the lead at the Texas Open at San Antonio, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week’s Masters.

McIlroy is a shot back of a group of four leaders at 6 under, including Daniel Summerhays, Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel.

• Park captures lead at Rancho Mirage: Inbee Park took the second-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif., making three birdies in a row early on the back nine and rebounding from a wind-blown bogey with four straight pars.

Finishing in gusty conditions on another hot afternoon at Mission Hills, the 24-year-old South Korean shot a 5-under 67 to reach 7 under.

U.S. tied with Serbia at Davis Cup quarters

Tennis: Sam Querrey helped the United States tie Serbia at 1 apiece in their Davis Cup quarterfinal with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.

In the first match, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat 23rd-ranked John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-5.

Around the world: In other Davis Cup quarterfinals, Italy and Canada are tied at 1, as well as France and Argentina. Defending champion Czech Republic is up on Kazakhstan 2-0.

• Williams sisters advance to semifinals: Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice at Charleston, S.C., to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.

Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved to Friday due to Thursday’s rain delay.

Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys.

Foster, Santa Clara capture CBI title

College basketball: Kevin Foster had 24 points, Marc Trasolini had 20 points and Evan Roquemore added 19 points as Santa Clara defeated George Mason 80-77 to win the College Basketball Invitational Finals in three games at Fairfax, Va.

Tournament MVP Foster hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining to put the Broncos on top for good at 75-73.

• East beats West in all-star game: James Ennis of Long Beach State scored 13 points, and Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder hit four free throws in the closing seconds to give the East team an 87-81 victory over the West in the college all-star game at the Final Four in Atlanta.

Porte wins fifth stage at Basque Tour

Miscellany: Cyclist Richie Porte of Australia won the fifth and next-to-last stage of the Tour of Basque Country at Beasain, Spain, moving into second place behind Sky teammate Sergio Henao.

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