New York's Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106, on Friday night in New York.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after New York coach Mike Woodson was ejected following his second technical.
Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games.
Elsewhere: Monta Ellis scored five of his 27 points in overtime and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in the teams' final meeting this season, 99-94, in Boston. . . . DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight, beating the visiting Orlando Magic, 93-90. . . . Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds and the Detroit Pistons ended a six-game losing streak with a 100-68 rout of the visiting Wizards.
On Thursday, the Denver Nuggets took down Portland's short-lived NBA record for three-point futility. The Nuggets went 0 for 22 from beyond the three-point arc, shattering the mark the Blazers set 10 days earlier when they finished 0 for 20 in a win over Toronto.
Even so, Denver pushed Portland to the wire before falling, 101-93.
Ex-76er Andre Iguodala was 0 for 6, Ty Lawson 0 for 4, and Corey Brewer and Jordan Hamilton 0 for 3 apiece from beyond the arc. Denver shot 38.8 percent from the field and made only one basket from outside the paint - believed to be an NBA record, too.
Nash before Christmas?
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash took part in a full practice for the second straight day Friday, and said there's an outside chance he could play Saturday against Golden State, ESPN reported. Nash, 38, is recovering from a fractured fibula, and has said for several days that he expects to return on Christmas Day, when the Lakers host the New York Knicks. He was injured Oct. 31 and has played in just two games this season. He has not played since Mike D'Antoni was named the team's head coach.
- Associated Press