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Wall stops Knicks as Spurs extend streak to 11

7 February 2013 06:19

John Wall led the Washington Wizards to a big win over the Knicks as San Antonio posted their 11th consecutive win on Wednesday night.

Wall was in an imperious form as he helped the Wizards snap New York's five-match winning streak in a 106-96 victory, the point-guard posting 21 points and laying off nine assists as Washington stormed home with a 36-23 final quarter.

Raymond Felton, J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert all attempted to rein in Wall but failed in their attempts as he helped the Wizards snap a 10-game losing streak against the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony posted 31 points for New York while Amare Stoudemire scored 19, but Anthony lacked assistance in the final minutes as the Wizards ran away with the result.

Having begun the season with a 3-23 record, the Wizards are now 9-7 since Wall's return from injury in January.

The Knicks' result kept alive Brooklyn's hopes of overtaking their local rivals in the Atlantic Division as the Nets earned a scrappy 93-90 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Struggling with a short turnaround after playing the Lakers on Tuesday, the Nets failed to click into gear in the early stages as they turned the ball over on numerous occasions.

But with Joe Johnson scoring 16 points for the Nets, including two vital free throws with 8.8 seconds left on the clock, Brooklyn hung on to beat the Pistons in Detroit for the first time since 2006.

Staying in the Atlantic, the Boston Celtics also produced a narrow win on Wednesday night, prevailing 99-95 over the Toronto Rapids.

Down by nine points at the last change ex-Raptor Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points during the last quarter, the Celtics outscoring their opponents 30-16 in the period to post the win.

Over in the Southwest division, San Antonio earned their 11th consecutive victory through a 104-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Daniel Green posted a game-high 28 points for Spurs as Kawhi Leonard produced a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to go with his 19 points.

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving's 22 points helped the Cleveland Cavaliers smash fellow strugglers the Charlotte Bobcats 122-95, as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled Golden State 119-98.

Kevin Durant finished with 25 points for the Thunder as Russell Westbrook fired in 22.

Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 27 points as he led the Los Angeles Clippers to an 85-76 win over the Orlando Magic as the Indiana Pacers routed the Philadelphia 76ers 88-69.

The Miami Heat edged out the Houston Rockets 114-108 through big games from LeBron James (32 points) and Dwyane Wade (31), while the Atlanta Hawks inflicted a second straight loss on the Memphis Grizzlies 103-92.

Fresh from shocking the Grizzlies on Tuesday, Phoenix could not maintain their form revival as they went down 93-94 to the New Orleans Hornets as the Louisiana side snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Utah Jazz also proved too good for the Milwaukee Bucks, winning 100-86 as the Dallas Mavericks edged out the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99.

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