Amar'e does it again for the Knicks
To chants of "MVP, MVP," Amar'e Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 121-114, over the visiting Timberwolves Monday. The Knicks won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9. Stoudemire has scored 30-plus points in all five games during the streak.
Elsewhere: Dwyane Wade had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the visiting Heat beat the Bucks, 88-78, for their fifth straight win. . . . Carlos Boozer scored 13 of his 29 points in Chicago's big third quarter and the Bulls beat the Thunder, 99-90, in the Windy City. . . . Mike Bibby made a critical three-pointer in the final minute and the Hawks beat the Magic in Orlando, 80-74. . . . Brandon Rush nailed 6 of 8 threes from off the bench, and the Pacers put seven players in double figures in their 124-100 home victory over the Raptors.
Not throwing in the Turkish towel
Allen Iverson says he's happy with his new team in Turkey. The 11-time NBA all-star addressed rumors he wants out, telling his followers on Twitter that "I am very happy here in Istanbul. My family and I are making this our home." Besiktas fans and teammates are "great" and the former Sixer is building "good chemistry" with both, he added. Iverson's start in Turkey has been unspectacular. He's averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 assists after five games.
One win away from 1,000
Coach George Karl can join the exclusive 1,000-win club Tuesday night when the Nuggets visit the Bobcats. He'll be facing his friend Larry Brown, the last coach to join the club that has just six members.
The NBA has suspended Portland point guard Andre Miller for one game for "making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin" in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Clippers. The ex-Sixer will miss Tuesday's game with the Suns.
Terrence Williams, the Nets' first-round pick last year who was sent to the D-League as punishment for his persistent tardiness, is averaging a triple-double with the Springfield Armor.
- Inquirer wire services