Anthony to fore as Knicks beat Pistons
Anthony to fore as Knicks beat Pistons
Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who had started the season 6-0 before dropping consecutive games to the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points and Charlie Villanueva had 17 for the Pistons, who have lost six straight games at Madison Square Garden.
The San Antonio Spurs got 32 points from Tony Parker and 26 from Tim Duncan to defeat the Toronto Raptors in double overtime 111-106.
Parker scored six of his points in the second overtime as the Spurs won their third straight game and improved their NBA-best road record to 7-1.
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Lithuanian rookie Jonas Valanciunas added 22 for the Raptors, who have lost their past three games by a combined seven points.
The Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-85 for their fifth straight win at their new home in Brooklyn.
The Nets have won six of their first seven games on their new home court — the team’s best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.
Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals to lead Brooklyn, while Joe Johnson added 21 points and Brook Lopez had 15.
The Boston Celtics outlasted the Orlando Magic 116-110 in overtime after trailing by as many as seven in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics were led by Kevin Garnett’s 24 points and Paul Pierce’s 23, while Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple double with 15 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds.
The Celtics won their second straight and earned their sixth consecutive win over the Magic, who got 21 points from J.J. Redick and 20 from Jameer Nelson.
The Philadelphia 76ers ended a two-game losing streak by edging the Phoenix Suns 104-101.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with a career-high 33 points and 13 assists, while Evan Turner added 16 points, Lavoy Allen had 11 and Thaddeus Young 10. Kenneth Faried had his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets routed the New Orleans Hornets 102-84.
Andre Iguodala led the Nuggets with 23 points, while Ty Lawson had 17 points and six assists.
Rockets coach McHale’s
daughter dies at 23
Meanwhile, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale’s youngest daughter has died due to illness at the age of 23, the NBA team said on Sunday.
“I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon,” team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement released by the Rockets.
Alexandra “Sasha” McHale had long battled lupus, an auto-immune disease, and was hospitalized with a related condition, the Houston Chronicle said on its website.
Kevin McHale had been on leave since Nov. 10 for what the team described as a personal family matter. Assistant Kelvin Sampson has served as the Rockets’ acting coach during McHale’s absence.
Why even the #WengerOut brigade should lament Arsene Wenger's exit from Arsenal
- The Frenchman revolutionised the game in England across all leagues, not just the Premier League.
- After initial success he found the going tough in the second half of his reign, but will still go down as an all-time great.
Over the past few seasons it has been fashionable to view Arsene Wenger as some sort of figure of fun — a man living in the past, left behind by the modern game, but too stubborn to realize it.
In time, though, even the most ardent, frothing-at-the-mouth #Wenger Out believer would have to agree that the Frenchman will go down not just as one of the best managers Arsenal have had, but also among the greatest in English club football.
As with any caricature, there is a hint of truth in the picture created, crude as it sometimes is. Yes, Wenger’s past few years at the Emirates have been painful to watch. Yes, he was stubborn when it came to both activity in the transfer market and belief in his methods and tactics. Yes, it is fair to say he leaves the club, on the pitch at least, in a bit of a mess. And, yes, he should have left two or three years ago.
But if there is one thing that any sane fan should remember about Wenger’s 22 years as Arsenal boss, it is this: He was a game-changer, a manager who oversaw not only a revolution of the Gunners, but also of the English game.
As soon as Wenger landed in England in 1996, he banished Arsenal’s Tuesday drinking club and munching of Mars bars — in their place came stretching sessions and broccoli. Hardly profound or radical in today’s game, but this was the era when change in English football invariably meant no pies and pints on a Friday night.
The technical, passing, possession football that is now the norm for any side with ambitions to remain in the Premier League, let alone win it, and the idea that eating vegetables rather than a tub of lard would help player performance, were brought in by Wenger alone.
He won the double in his first full season in charge, signed unheralded foreign talent such as Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera — who went on to become world-class players — and created teams that were a joy to watch, culminating with “The Invincibles” of 2003-04, who won the Premier League without losing a match.
The irony is that the one-time revolutionary ended up being viewed as a throwback, a stuck-in-the-mud anachronism; a manager who harked back to a time when playing with the owner’s chequebook was not seen as the only path to success and when paragraphs were favored over 140 characters.
And that perhaps explains why so many Arsenal fans seemingly wanted him gone: Wenger is not of the Twitter generation, of instant opinions for the 24-hour news agenda and of hype over humility. The man who was once seen as the future stuck to principles that were deemed as belonging to the past.
It is clear there is a lot of bad blood at the club — a ridiculous Facebook post by an Arsenal fan claimed Wenger’s announcement he was leaving made it the “greatest day in Arsenal’s history.”
But for all the bluster and nonsense, Wenger’s legacy will be that of “The Invincibles” — one of the greatest club sides of modern times; of beautiful football played at pace and with artistry; of being a decent, yet flawed, man who was never anything but articulate and courteous.
Having been in charge of Arsenal for 22 years, he is undoubtedly the last of a kind, and in the era of trigger-happy owners, short-term fixes and sensationalism over stability, that is something everyone, even the #WengerOut brigade, should lament.