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Martin leads Knicks to win over Raptors

Kenyon Martin dunks near the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciu for two of his 18 points in a 10-84 victory.

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Kenyon Martin dunks near the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciu for two of his 18 points in a 10-84 victory.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 and Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto as the Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep with a 110-84 victory Saturday.

J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night and won their fourth consecutive game. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds a night after he had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory in Toronto that clinched a playoff berth.

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who played without leading scorer Rudy Gay because of a bad back and lost their fourth straight.

Knicks guard Jason Kidd had three points, three rebounds and two assists on his 40th birthday.

Knicks rookie Chris Copeland led a rendition of Happy Birthday before the game for Kidd, but the night belonged to Martin, Kidd's teammate in New Jersey long ago who has helped the Knicks overcome injuries in their frontcourt.

He hadn't even played in the NBA this season until the Knicks signed him late last month but has stepped into the starting lineup as an undersized center with Tyson Chandler out. Saturday, he made 7 of 11 shots from the field.

Anthony scored 11 points in the first quarter, but the Knicks led only 21-17. They opened it up late in the second aided by Martin's energy and ferociousness, starting with a follow dunk after which he stood screaming behind the basket.

He and Kidd hooked up on an alley-oop dunk. Then he and Iman Shumpert blocked shots on the same possession. Martin then cut behind the defense, and Anthony whipped a pass into him for a basket while being fouled with seven seconds left in the half.

Martin made the free throw for a 59-47 lead as fans chanted his name on the same floor he was an enemy when he and Kidd led the Nets to a four-game sweep of the Knicks in the 2004 playoffs.

Game highlights: Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 during the fourth, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, as the visiting Pistons beat the Bobcats 92-91 to snap a 10-game skid.

D'Antoni rips Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni called his team's chances to win a title "laughable." The comments came after Friday's 103-100 home loss to the Wizards in which the Lakers blew an 18-point second-half lead.

"This is a good team that just for whatever reason can't collectively, mentally, get stimulated to do it every time," he said. "And I told them, we put our hands in (the huddle) … we say 'Championship!' and go out. That's laughable. Championship? You gotta be kidding me.

"Until they understand the importance of every possession offensively and defensively, and every time, they gotta come out with some kind of determination to be a good basketball team, then we're just fooling ourselves. And right now, that's what we're doing. We're making a sham-mockery of it or whatever that is."

Around the league: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said his city has reached a preliminary agreement for a new arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle. The city would pay about $258 million of the $448 million project by leasing out parking garages and land. It hopes to block a bid by a Seattle group that has a deal to buy the Kings and move them. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to make a decision by mid April. … Lakers forward Antawn Jamison is day to day after an MRI exam confirmed he sprained his right wrist against the Wizards.

Knicks 110, Raptors 84

TORONTO (84): Fields 3-6 1-3 7, Ross 5-10 0-0 13, Valanciunas 4-4 3-3 11, Lowry 6-13 2-4 14, DeRozan 7-15 3-5 17, Anderson 5-14 3-3 14, Lucas 2-11 0-0 4, Johnson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 34-76 12-18 84.

NEW YORK (110): Anthony 9-19 10-10 28, Shumpert 3-6 0-0 8, Martin 7-11 4-5 18, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 2, Felton 4-9 0-0 9, Smith 9-16 7-8 25, Kidd 1-1 0-0 3, Novak 2-6 0-0 5, Copeland 5-7 0-0 12, White 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 41-79 21-23 110.

Toronto 17 30 20 17— 84

New York 21 38 23 28— 110

3-Point GoalsToronto 4-23 (Ross 3-5, Anderson 1-5, DeRozan 0-2, Lowry 0-4, Lucas 0-7), New York 7-19 (Copeland 2-2, Shumpert 2-4, Kidd 1-1, Novak 1-2, Felton 1-4, Smith 0-3, Anthony 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 41 (Valanciunas 8), New York 47 (Anthony 8). AssistsToronto 13 (Lowry 4), New York 20 (Prigioni 6). Total FoulsToronto 20, New York 20. Flagrant Fouls—Anthony. A19,033 (19,763).

Pistons 92, Bobcat 91

DETROIT (92): Singler 2-6 2-2 6, Maxiell 7-13 0-0 14, Monroe 2-11 2-2 6, Calderon 4-8 0-0 11, Knight 4-10 1-2 10, Stuckey 5-8 1-2 13, Middleton 2-3 2-2 6, Jerebko 3-6 2-4 8, Villanueva 7-13 0-0 18, Bynum 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-79 10-14 92.

CHARLOTTE (91): Kidd-Gilchrist 4-7 3-3 11, McRoberts 2-4 0-0 4, Biyombo 3-3 6-6 12, Walker 10-20 5-5 25, Henderson 4-10 7-9 15, Mullens 0-5 0-0 0, Gordon 1-7 0-0 3, Taylor 1-5 0-0 3, Pargo 7-14 0-0 16, Adrien 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 32-75 23-25 91.

Detroit 23 24 22 23— 92

Charlotte 24 26 26 15— 91

3-Point GoalsDetroit 10-26 (Villanueva 4-7, Calderon 3-5, Stuckey 2-3, Knight 1-6, Middleton 0-1, Singler 0-4), Charlotte 4-17 (Pargo 2-7, Taylor 1-2, Gordon 1-4, Mullens 0-2, Walker 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 45 (Monroe 9), Charlotte 47 (Biyombo 10). AssistsDetroit 31 (Monroe, Stuckey 8), Charlotte 14 (Walker, Pargo 3). Total FoulsDetroit 18, Charlotte 13. TechnicalsGordon. A16,375 (19,077).

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Martin leads Knicks to win over Raptors 03/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:01am]

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