With Nets up next, Knicks nix Pistons

Posted: November 27, 2012

Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor.

Now it's right back on the road - or subway - for the first chance to claim city supremacy.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference's best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas spanning the Thanksgiving holiday. They were much better Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.

New York takes the short trip to Brooklyn on Monday to face the Nets, a game that was supposed to be the season opener for both teams and the first matchup since the Nets moved from New Jersey before it was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.

Elsewhere: Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals, leading the Nets to a 98-85 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Joe Johnson scored 21 points for Brooklyn, which has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on the new home court is the Nets' best start since the 2002-03 season, when they won 18 of their first 19 at home. . . . Tony Parker scored six of his 32 points in the second overtime, Tim Duncan had 26, and the San Antonio Spurs beat Toronto, 111-106, and improved their NBA-best road record to 7-1.

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 points and Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple double with 15 points and 16 assists as the Boston Celtics outlasted the host Orlando Magic 116-110 in overtime. . . . Andre Iguodala scored 23 in Denver's 102-84 rout of the visiting New Orleans Hornets.

McHale loses daughter

The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died. Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, 23, had been hospitalized since Nov. 10 with lupus, an autoimmune disease.

Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. During his absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for McHale's return.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement: "I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha. . . . We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

Rockets guard James Harden tweeted: "Praying for coach McHale and his family."

- Associated Press

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