|New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler dunks against the Orlando Magic on Monday. (AP-Yonhap News)|
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) ― The New York Knicks have been looking for any kind of continuity they can find as injuries and losses have continued to pile up this season.
The injury bug isn’t done biting them just yet, but they remained healthy just long enough Monday night to get a much-needed victory.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, but the Knicks were able to stave off a fierce charge and hang on for 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic.
New York led by as many as 25 points before having its lead cut all the way to a point in the fourth quarter. Beno Udrih hit six straight free-throws in the final 26 seconds to help preserve the win, which was the Knicks eighth straight over the Magic.
It also was a big win for embattled Knicks coach Mike Woodson, whose job security has been called into question in recent weeks.
“All teams make runs and they made a helluva run, but I applaud our team because we withstood the run,” Woodson said. “We made plays. It was a total team effort. After losing two starters, I applaud our guys.”
Along with losing Anthony, the Knicks also saw point guard Raymond Felton go down late in the fourth quarter with a groin injury. He was just making his return Monday after a six-game absence with a strained left hamstring.
Woodson said the status of both players will be evaluated Tuesday. New York plays Oklahoma City on Christmas Day.
Heat use late rally to get past Hawks
MIAMI (AP) ― LeBron James scored 38 points, Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.2 seconds left to put Miami up for good, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-119 in overtime on Monday.
The Heat wasted an early 13-0 lead, then rallied from seven points down in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter. Ray Allen made three free throws with 8 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime, after getting fouled by Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll.
Allen finished with 19 points, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 12 and Chris Bosh finished with 11 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade and still beat the Hawks for the ninth straight time. Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Paul Millsap made seven 3-pointers on the way to a 25-point night, and Al Horford finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
Charlotte 111, Milwaukee 110
Detroit 115, Cleveland 92
Indiana 103, Brooklyn 86
Dallas 111, Houston 104
Memphis 104, Utah 94
San Antonio 112, Toronto 99
Golden State 89, Denver 81
Phoenix 117, LA Lakers 90
New Orleans 113, Sacramento 100