By Dwayne C. Nelson
“Every team needs a 1 and 1A punch,” Amare Stoudemire said Tuesday after the New York Knicks acquired four-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.
So with the 1-punch Stoudemire in foul trouble, it was the Knicks’ 1A-punch Anthony who delivered for New York in the closing minutes to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 114-108, last night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Melo sank 11 of his 27 points in the final period of his celebrated debut with the Knicks (29-26). The Brooklyn native shot just 10 of 25 from the field but came through for his new team when it counted most. The Bucks (22-35) were led by John Salmons who had 27 points and seven dimes.
Here are the rest of last night’s NBA scores with each squad’s top performers.
Sacramento 111, Orlando 105.
Sacramento: Beno Udrih, 18 points and 10 assists.
Orlando: Dwight Howard, 31 points and 17 rebounds.
San Antonio 109. Oklahoma City 105.
San Antonio: Tim Duncan, 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant, 30 points and 9 rebounds.
L.A. Lakers 106, Portland 101.
Lakers: Kobe Bryant, 37 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Portland: LaMarcus Aldridge, 29 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals.
Toronto 118, Chicago 113.
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Chicago: Derrick Rose, 32 points and 10 assists.
Dallas 118, Utah 99.
Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki, 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Utah: Al Jefferson, 30 points and 8 rebounds.
Philadelphia 117. Washington 94.
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, 20 points.
Washington: John Wall, 21 points and 12 assists.
Houston 124, Cleveland 119.
Houston: Kevin Martin, 30 points.
Cleveland: Ramon Sessions, 20 points and 12 assists.
Indiana 102, Detroit 101.
Indiana: Tyler Hansbrough, 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Detroit: Greg Monroe, 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Memphis 104, Minnesota 95.
Memphis: Zach Randolph, 24 points. 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Minnesota: Kevin Love, 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Phoenix 105, Atlanta 97.
Phoenix: Channing Frye, 20 points (four 3-pointers).
Atlanta: Josh Smith, 26 points.
New Orleans 98, L.A. Clippers 87.
New Orleans: Chris Paul, 19 points, 10 assists and 3 steals.
Clippers: Blake Griffin, 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Dwayne C. Nelson is an arts & entertainment and sports blogger whose content is featured on various Web sites, including Associated Content, Yahoo! Sports and News One. You can now follow him on twitter to stay abreast of his latest.