Printed on: January 22, 2013

Johnson's jumper lifts Knicks past Brooklyn


Associated press

NEW YORK -- Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 over the New York Knicks on Monday and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.

Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, who cut the Knicks' Atlantic Division lead to one game. Brook Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kris Humphries came off the bench for 11 points and 13 boards.

Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the Knicks, but missed all six shots in the fourth quarter and finished 11 of 29 for the game. J.R. Smith scored 16 points and Amare Stoudemire 15.

Around the NBA

WIZARDS 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 95: At Portland, Ore., Jordan Crawford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Washington dogpiled on the court to celebrate the win.

Nicolas Batum had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but Portland still lost its season-high sixth straight.

PACERS 82, GRIZZLIES 81: At Memphis, Tenn., George Hill scored 13 points, including a clinching free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Indiana a victory over Memphis in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.

On the ensuing inbounds, Rudy Gay's 24-footer over Paul George banked in, but it came after the buzzer -- a ruling confirmed by officials after a review -- giving the Pacers their second straight win and ninth in the past 11.

WARRIORS 106, CLIPPERS 99: At Oakland Calif., Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes.

Curry finished with 28 points, Klay Thompson added 18 and David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

BULLS 95, LAKERS 83: At Chicago, Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points, Marco Belinelli added 15 points, and the Bulls pulled away with an 18-4 run that broke a 75-75 tie and sent Los Angeles to its ninth loss in 11 games.

Belinelli came up big in the closing minutes, scoring eight points during the decisive run.

ROCKETS 100, BOBCATS 94: At Charlotte, N.C., James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter and Houston rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.

HORNETS 114, KINGS 105: At New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and New Orleans survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a victory over Sacramento.

Greivis Vasquez added 19 points and Eric Gordon had 16 points for the Hornets, who have won three of four.

HAWKS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 96: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points, Jannero Pargo had 16 and Atlanta snapped a two-game slide with a victory over Minnesota.

Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and Jose Barea had 14 for Minnesota, which lost for the sixth time in seven games after blowing an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

SPURS 90, 76ERS 85: At Philadelphia, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead San Antonio to its fifth straight win.

The Spurs blew a 17-point lead in the first half before rallying late in the fourth to win again without guard Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is still out with a strained left hamstring.

NBA's Kings sold to Seattle group

Nearly five years after their colors, banners and history were packed away into storage and their franchise relocated, the SuperSonics are one significant step closer to returning to Seattle.

And the Kings are on the edge of leaving Sacramento.

All that appears to stand in the way now is approval by NBA owners.

The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.

A person familiar with the decision said that Hansen's group will buy 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at a total price of $525 million, and move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The deal will cost the Hansen group a little more than $340 million. The Maloofs will have no stake in the team.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was waiting approval.

Around the NCAA

No. 3 SYRACUSE 57, No. 21 CINCINNATI 55: At Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55 on Monday.

Trailing by seven points with just over 5 minutes left, Syracuse tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams' 3-pointer with 80 seconds left.

GEORGETOWN 63, No. 24 NOTRE DAME 47: At South Bend, Ind., Otto Porter scored 19 points to lead Georgetown over Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish's third loss in four games.

Notre Dame recorded season lows in points, field goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).