Knicks claim fifth in a row


Another win for the New York Knicks, in another game they might have lost last month.

Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Knicks held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

Anthony scored four of the Knicks’ six points in the extra session, and New York allowed only four free throws while forcing the Suns to miss all seven shots. The Knicks pulled it out after their 14-point lead turned into a five-point deficit late in regulation.

“I think now as a team, I think mentally we’re a different type of team,” Anthony said. “I think now we’re starting to believe that when we do get down, we still have a chance to win the basketball game.”

Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks (15-22), who climbed into a tie with Brooklyn for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Goran Dragic had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 in his best game since rejoining his old team on a 10-day contract.

But the Suns endured dreadful games from starters Gerald Green (2 of 16) and Channing Frye (3 of 12), ending their road trip with a 1-4 record.

“For the fifth game in seven nights against a team that’s playing well, I thought they gave a heck of an effort,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We didn’t make shots. Don’t know if it’s because it’s the end of the trip.”

Playing their fourth straight game without Tyson Chandler because of bronchitis, the Knicks beat a Western Conference team at home for the first time in seven chances and improved to 7-12 overall at Madison Square Garden.

Despite their miserable start to the season, they can continue climbing the rest of January, as they open an eight-game homestand on Friday.

“The game is not over until the clock hits zero,” Knicks forward Kenyon Martin said. “We lost some close games early on, so (we’re) just learning from the mistakes that we made early, just trying to build on what we’ve been doing.”

Spurs 101, Pelicans 95

In New Orleans, Tony Parker capped a 27-point outing with several clutch layups in the final minutes, and San Antonio beat the reeling Pelicans for its fifth consecutive win.

Tim Duncan scored 18 points before fouling out with 6:02 left.

Wizards 102, Bulls 88

In Chicago, John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and Washington ended the Bulls’ five-game win streak.

Rockets 104, Celtics 92

In Boston, Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Houston sent the Celtics to their ninth consecutive loss.

Jeremy Lin added 16 points and nine assists for the Rockets. James Harden scored 16 and Chandler Parsons added 14 after missing three games with a knee injury.

Raptors 116, Bucks 94

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors handed struggling Milwaukee its sixth straight loss.

Mavericks 107, Magic 88

In Dallas, Monta Ellis scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and the Mavericks extended Orlando’s longest losing streak of the season to eight games.

Jameer Nelson scored 21 and Glen Davis added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who got swept on a swing through five Western Conference cities and lost by an average of 20 points.

Jazz 118, Nuggets 103

In Salt Lake City, Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points and Utah ended Denver’s five-game winning streak.

Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the fifth time in their last six home games.