Carmelo Anthony returned to his Olympic gold medal past and scored 26 points to lead the New York Knicks over the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in London on Thursday.

The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead before holding a double-digit lead for most of the game.

The Pistons were the home team at O2 Arena, site of the Olympic gold-medal game during last year's games. It was the third regular-season NBA game played at the venue.

"It felt good out there," Anthony said. "I definitely had some flashbacks."

Anthony and Tyson Chandler were on the team that celebrated a gold medal for the United States with a win over Spain in August. Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds Thursday.

Heat 99, Lakers 90: LeBron James had 39 points and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 27 points on his 31st birthday and Miami held off Los Angeles to finish a six-game road trip with three wins. Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which rallied for a brief lead midway through the final period before James and Allen secured the Heat's second win in their last eight road games against the Lakers.

Clippers 90, Timberwolves 77: Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Blake Griffin added 20 and visiting Los Angeles cruised past free-falling Minnesota. The Clippers' Chris Paul's missed his third straight game because of a knee injury. The Timberwolves lost leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Pekovic to a bruised right quadriceps in the third quarter. Alexey Shved rolled his left ankle during the final period.


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Bucks 98, Suns 94: Mike Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer with 57.4 seconds left to cap a 10-0 run, and Milwaukee snapped a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix. Monta Ellis scored 24 points and Dunleavy added 16 for the Bucks.

All-Star Game: Bryant was voted to his NBA-record 15th straight All-Star start. Lakers teammate Dwight Howard and the Clippers' Paul and Griffin will join Bryant, the No. 1 overall vote-getter, in the Western Conference lineup for the Feb. 17 game in Houston. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant rounds out the five. Starters for the East will be Anthony, Boston's Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo and the Heat's James and Wade. Coaches will vote for the reserves, who will be announced next Thursday.

Etc.: Players should consider whether they want to keep Billy Hunter as executive director of the players association after a series of wrongdoings, according to a review of the union. The report found no evidence of illegal use of union funds, but revealed Hunter withheld knowledge that his contract was never properly approved, used poor judgment with his hiring practices and spent improperly on travel and gifts. The eight-month review by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP urged players to consider Hunter's position when they meet at the All-Star break. Hunter, 70, was pleased the report found he did nothing illegal. He earns $3 million per year.