Carmelo Anthony scored career-tying 50 points to lead Knicks over Heat

Posted: April 04, 2013

CARMELO ANTHONY tied his career high with 50 points and the New York Knicks won their ninth straight game, topping the injury-depleted Miami Heat, 102-90, Tuesday night.

Anthony finished 18-for-26 from the field, reaching 50 on a jumper with 16.9 seconds remaining. J.R. Smith scored 14 and Raymond Felton added 10 for New York.

Chris Bosh scored 23 points for Miami, which played without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, all held out with injuries that are not believed to be serious. Mike Miller scored 18, Ray Allen finished with 16 and Norris Cole had 14 for the Heat, whose 17-game home winning streak was snapped.

The Knicks beat the Heat in three of their four regular-season matchups. They likely would not meet again before the Eastern Conference finals.

Miami's magic number for clinching homecourt throughout the NBA playoffs remained at five, and the Heat already have the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference wrapped up.

It was only Miami's second loss in its last 31 games.

In another game * 

At Washington, John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Wizards won their eighth straight home game, beating the Chicago Bulls, 90-86.

Carlos Boozer had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Noteworthy * 

Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, who's trying to bring the NBA's Sacramento Kings to Seattle says fans have requested 44,000 season tickets in the event the team actually relocates.

Hansen urged Seattle fans to join a "priority ticket wait-list" to show the NBA how strong support is for bringing professional men's basketball back to the city and calls the result "nothing short of stunning."

Seattle has been without an NBA franchise since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

* Former NBA player and Atlanta native Javaris Crittenton has been indicted on charges of murder and gang activity.

Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said the 25-year-old Crittenton and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, are charged in the death of an Atlanta woman and the attempted murder of another man.

Julian Jones was shot and killed while walking with a group in August 2011. Authorities say that incident and a second shooting were gang-related, and may have been retaliation after Crittenton was the victim of a robbery.

Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 and has also played for the Wizards and Grizzlies. He was suspended in 2010 for pulling a gun in the Wizards' locker room. His attorney, Brian Steel, says his client is not guilty.

* The NBA said longtime referee Greg Willard has died, less than a year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 54.

Willard, who lived in Huntington Beach, Calif., died Monday night. The league said officials will wear wristbands or patches with his No. 57 for the rest of the season. Willard, who was with the NBA for 24 seasons, officiated 1,494 regular-season games, 136 playoff games, two NBA Finals games and the 2006 All-Star Game.

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