Anthony a hit in Big Apple debut

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony's debut on the big stage was a huge hit.

Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, hitting a pair of clutch buckets down the stretch in front of a crowd that cheered his every move as New York beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Wednesday night in his Knicks debut.

Anthony made only 10 of 25 shots but was at his best in the closing minutes, helping New York hold on after fellow superstar Amare Stoudemire fouled out.

Chauncey Billups, who came with Anthony from Denver in Tuesday's blockbuster trade, finished with 21 points and eight assists.

Mavericks 118, Jazz 99

At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and Dallas cruised past the reeling Jazz a few hours after Utah traded away leading scorer Deron Williams.

Spurs 109, Thunder 105

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored the last of his 20 points on a 16-footer with 26.1 seconds left, and Gary Neal added 19 points to lead San Antonio to the victory.

Kings 111, Magic 105

At Orlando, Fla., Jermaine Taylor had 21 points, Beno Udrih added 18 and the Kings snapped a five-game losing streak against the Magic.

Suns 105, Hawks 97

At Phoenix, Channing Frye scored six of his 20 points in the final four minutes and the Suns pulled away from the short-handed Hawks.

Jared Dudley went 4 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points for Phoenix.

Hornets 98, Clippers 87

At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists, leading New Orleans to the victory.

76ers 117, Wizards 94

At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 20 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the 76ers improved to 18-9 at home.

Raptors 118, Bulls 113

At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan each scored 24 points, Jose Calderon had 17 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the Bulls 118-113 on Wednesday night, snapping Chicago's four-game winning streak and spoiling Joakim Noah's return from thumb surgery.

Pacers 102, Pistons 101

At Indianapolis, Brandon Rush's dunk with 5.4 seconds remaining gave the surging Pacers the victory.

Rockets 124, Cavaliers 119

At Cleveland, Reserve Chase Budinger scored a career-high 30 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Martin added 30 more to lead the Rockets to the win.

Grizzlies 104, Timberwolves 95

At Minneapolis, Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds while Mike Conley added 22 points to help the Grizzlies cruise to the win.

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