Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, J.R. Smith kept up his surge with 20 and the New York Knicks snapped the visiting San Antonio Spurs' seven-game winning streak with a 100-83 victory Thursday night.
Steve Novak added 15 points and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds to help the Knicks bounced back from consecutive losses by dominating the final period against the Spurs, who may have run out of gas in their second game in two nights.
"They shot the hell out of it, and I could see it wasn't going to happen," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Just too low on fuel, and their defense was too good. Bad combination."
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each had just 11 points for the Spurs, who lost Stephen Jackson to an unusual injury.
Jackson played just three minutes off the bench before spraining his right ankle when he took a shot then fell back into a waitress working the sideline in front of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Timberwolves 101, Nuggets 97: J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting visiting Minnesota over Denver.
The Timberwolves were playing for the second straight night, but fatigue hardly appeared to be a factor as they handed the Nuggets a rare home loss. Denver, on the other hand, looked lethargic two days after snapping the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game winning streak.
But it might be a costly victory for Minnesota after Love departed with a sprained finger on his right hand in the third quarter.
The Nuggets' Andre Miller scored the 15,000th point of his NBA career, becoming the eighth player to score that many and dish out at least 7,500 assists. The others: Oscar Robertson, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.