- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah had big games against their former team, and the New York Knicks beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 104-89 on Thursday night.

Rose scored 17 points in his return to Madison Square Garden after skipping the last game here, and Noah finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak. Rookie forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas had a season-high 19 points.

The Knicks bounced back from a loss at the buzzer in Philadelphia on Wednesday to win for the first time this season on the second night of back-to-back games.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 for the Bulls, who were missing star swingman Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Denzel Valentine, all because of illness. They dropped their third straight.

Playing without starting forward Kristaps Porzingis, New York won for just the second time in 11 games.


LONDON (AP) - Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Denver emphatically ended a five-game losing streak by beating Indiana in the NBA’s Global Games series at O2 Arena.

Wilson Chandler added 21 points, and Danilo Gallinari had 18 for the Nuggets. They outscored the Pacers 39-20 in the third quarter, shooting 73.7 percent in the period to put it away.

Denver trailed only once, when Kevin Seraphin gave the Pacers a 31-30 lead early in the second quarter, and finished with a season high in scoring.

C.J. Miles had 20 points, and Jeff Teague added 14 points and nine assists for Indiana. The Pacers had won five in a row, scoring at least 120 points in each victory.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard had 31 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter, and San Antonio set several season highs in rolling past Los Angeles.

San Antonio rebounded from a last-minute loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday with its highest point total and largest margin of victory this season. The Spurs also set a season high by shooting 61 percent from the field.

Pau Gasol had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes. Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 points apiece.

Julius Randle had 22 points on 6-for-7 shooting, but he was the only Lakers starter in double figures.


NEW YORK (AP) - Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points and New Orleans, playing without All-Star big man Anthony Davis, handed Brooklyn its eighth straight defeat.

Terrence Jones added 24 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans (16-24), which improved to 6-13 on the road by winning both games during its stay in New York City.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 and Solomon Hill had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who closed the game on a 13-1 run.

Davis sat out with a bruised left hip sustained during Monday night’s win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.1 points, and ranks sixth with more than 12 rebounds per game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points, but Brooklyn (8-30) has dropped 13 of 14 and owns the worst record in the league.

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