Larry Hughes scored 21 points, David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and host New York beat injury-depleted Portland last night, 93-84, for the Knicks' season-high third straight victory.
Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler each added 14 points as the Knicks won for the fourth time in five games, continuing to play better after coach Mike D'Antoni shortened his rotation and has found a group willing to defend.
Brandon Roy scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the hobbling Trail Blazers. Greg Oden had season-ending surgery Sunday after breaking his left kneecap. Rudy Fernandez (sciatica) was also out, joining Travis Outlaw (broken left foot) and Nicolas Batum (right shoulder surgery).
In another game:
* At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 28 points, rookie James Harden added 26 and the Thunder capitalized on the ejection of Golden State's Corey Maggette for a 104-88 win.
* At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams recovered after missing his first six shots and scored 17 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left, and Utah held on for a 104-101 win over San Antonio.
* Carmelo Anthony's lawsuit that accused his former business manager of misappropriating more than $2 million of his assets has been provisionally dismissed by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., so the NBA star's lawyers can amend the complaint.
Judge William B. Shubb gave Anthony's attorneys until Dec. 25 to file an amended complaint that would meet stricter pleading standards set forth in a Supreme Court case decided 3 months before Anthony's original lawsuit was filed on Aug. 17.
The lawsuit alleges that Anthony's former business manager, Larry W. Harmon, and employees of Larry Harmon & Associates P.A., breached their fiduciary duties by misappropriating millions of Anthony's money without his knowledge or consent.