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All is calm between Anthony, Garnett during Knicks' win

BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 in his rematch with Kevin Garnett to lead the Knicks past the Celtics 89-86 Thursday.

The victory ended an 11-game losing streak against Boston and came 17 days after a verbal clash between the forwards led to Anthony's one-game suspension for trying to confront Garnett outside the Celtics' locker room.

Anthony, who brought a bodyguard in addition to the Knicks' usual two security guards in case fans got unruly, was booed frequently. But there was no sign of hostility between the players. At one point, Anthony helped Garnett to his feet. Why?

"Because there's no grudges there," Anthony said. "Whatever happened, it happened. We spoke about that, and it's over with."

The Celtics' Rajon Rondo had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Knicks scored the final seven of the third to take the lead for good at 72-66.

"I was expecting the boos and a real hostile environment," Anthony said. "But it was cool. The whole night was … satisfying."

Raptors edge Magic

ORLANDO — DeMar DeRozan's jumper at the buzzer gave the Raptors a 97-95 win over the Magic. Toronto swept the season series, giving it four of its 16 wins.

Orlando has lost 15 of 17.

Said guard J.J. Redick: "I just think the basketball gods are against us right now."

All-Star reserves: Spurs forward Tim Duncan was selected, his 14th All-Star Game, as well as two former Gator forwards, David Lee (Warriors) and Joakim Noah (Bulls), based on a vote by league coaches. Other West reserves: guards James Harden (Rockets), Tony Parker (Spurs) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder); and forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers) and Zach Randolph (Grizzlies). East reserves: guards Jrue Holiday (76ers) and Kyrie Irving (Cavs); and forwards Chris Bosh (Heat), Tyson Chand­ler (Knicks), Luol Deng (Bulls) and Paul George (Pacers).

Hornets to Pelicans: New Orleans officially said it plans to change its name to Pelicans for next season. The league must approve, but commissioner David Stern previously said he wouldn't object to any name owner Tom Benson chose. The brown pelican is the state bird. "(Hornets) didn't mean anything to this community," Benson said of the name that came with the team when it moved from Charlotte in 2002.

Around the league: Duncan (left knee) and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (illness) will miss their second straight game tonight. … Guard Wayne Ellington and ex-Gators center Marreese Speights will not play tonight for the Cavs. Because of paperwork, their trade from Memphis was not finalized until Thursday and they haven't practiced with their new team.

Knicks 89, Celtics 86

NEW YORK (89): Anthony 11-28 5-6 28, White 2-4 0-0 4, Chandler 1-2 3-3 5, Kidd 5-10 0-0 12, Shumpert 4-10 0-0 10, Smith 3-16 2-3 9, Stoudemire 4-7 7-8 15, Prigioni 2-3 0-0 6, Novak 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-83 17-20 89.

BOSTON (86): Pierce 6-15 9-12 22, Bass 1-3 2-2 4, Garnett 3-9 2-4 8, Rondo 10-19 3-4 23, Bradley 2-7 0-0 5, Sullinger 2-4 3-4 7, Green 4-7 0-0 9, Collins 0-0 2-2 2, Lee 2-3 0-0 4, Terry 1-6 0-0 2, Barbosa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 21-28 86.

New York 20 30 22 17— 89

Boston 24 24 18 20— 86

3-Point GoalsNew York 8-28 (Prigioni 2-3, Shumpert 2-4, Kidd 2-7, Anthony 1-6, Smith 1-6, White 0-1, Novak 0-1), Boston 3-18 (Green 1-3, Bradley 1-4, Pierce 1-5, Garnett 0-1, Barbosa 0-1, Lee 0-1, Terry 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 54 (Anthony, Stoudemire 9), Boston 52 (Garnett 12). AssistsNew York 12 (Prigioni 4), Boston 18 (Rondo 11). Total FoulsNew York 23, Boston 23. TechnicalsNew York defensive three second. A18,624 (18,624).

Raptors 97, Magic 95

TORONTO (97): Fields 1-4 2-2 4, E.Davis 5-11 2-4 12, Johnson 9-18 3-5 21, Calderon 4-7 1-1 10, DeRozan 10-17 2-2 22, Lowry 1-3 0-0 3, Anderson 4-9 5-5 13, Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Ross 4-8 0-0 10. Totals 39-78 15-19 97.

ORLANDO (95): Afflalo 6-16 2-2 16, G.Davis 7-12 1-2 15, Vucevic 8-14 3-4 19, Nelson 5-13 1-2 14, Redick 4-11 4-4 14, Nicholson 0-2 0-0 0, Moore 2-7 6-6 11, Harkless 1-2 0-0 2, Ayon 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-81 17-20 95.

Toronto 22 26 27 22— 97

Orlando 20 27 19 29— 95

3-Point GoalsToronto 4-16 (Ross 2-4, Lowry 1-3, Calderon 1-4, Fields 0-1, Anderson 0-4), Orlando 8-18 (Nelson 3-7, Redick 2-3, Afflalo 2-4, Moore 1-3, Harkless 0-1). Rebounds—Toronto 42 (Johnson 10), Orlando 50 (Vucevic 14). AssistsToronto 25 (DeRozan 7), Orlando 22 (Nelson 11). Total FoulsToronto 20, Orlando 12. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second, G.Davis, Orlando defensive three second. A17,145 (18,500).

All is calm between Anthony, Garnett during Knicks' win 01/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:31am]

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