NEW YORK (AP) – On a night when he joined the NBA’s 20,000-point club, Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, as the New York Knicks narrowly defeated the Charlotte Hornets 96-93.
Al Jefferson had 21 points, and Gary Neal added 17 points in a reserve role for the Hornets (1-2), who lost their second straight.
Charlotte’s guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell awkwardly late in the first quarter and didn’t return to the game.
Amar’e Stoudemire had 17 points for the Knicks (2-1), who won their second straight. Iman Shumpert added 15 points.
Miami’s Chris Bosh scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors for the 16th straight time, 107-102.
Dwyane Wade added 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat (3-0), who are the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. Luol Deng scored 18, Shawne Williams added 16, and Mario Chalmers finished with 12 for Miami.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points for Toronto (2-1), which hasn’t beaten Miami since Jan 27, 2010.
Kyle Lowry added 22 points, including a layup that got the Raptors within four with 21 seconds left. Jonas Valanciunas scored 14, and Greivis Vasquez finished with 12 for Toronto, which was outrebounded 43-28.
At Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins had 34 points and 17 rebounds, and Rudy Gay added 25 points as the Sacramento Kings handed the poor-shooting Los Angeles Clippers their first loss, 98-92.
The Kings (2-1) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter and outscored the Clippers 28-18 in the fourth. They took the lead for good on a layup by Gay with just under six minutes to play.