New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks may want to consider boycotting future Sunday noon tip-offs. Jordan Crawford led six Boston players in double figures with 23 points and the Celtics pounded the Knicks, 114-73, at Madison Square Garden. Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and Brandon Bass and Jeff Green both supplied 16 points for Boston, which got off to a quick start and cruised to its third straight win. Avery Bradley added a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points to pace the Knicks, who were undone by a horrific first quarter in which they were outscored 34-11. New York, which had won two straight on the heels of a nine-game slide, were sluggish in a 120-89 beatdown by visiting San Antonio on November 10, another Sunday contest that started at noon.
Final Score: Miami 110, Detroit 95
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Some teams have trouble playing lesser competition with a rivalry game on deck. The Miami Heat had no such problem Sunday night with a matchup against the Indiana Pacers looming, crushing the Detroit Pistons 110-95 from the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Heat have a much anticipated rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals with the Pacers on Tuesday that pits the top two teams in the conference for the first time since Miami beat the Pacers in seven games last season. James led the way with a near triple-double, posting 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who avenged a 107-97 loss at home this past week to the Pistons.
Final Score: Houston 98, Orlando 88
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden dumped in 27 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, Dwight Howard scored 20 points with 22 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic, 98-88, at Toyota Center. Chandler Parsons netted 18 points, while Terrence Jones scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and five blocks for Houston, which has won seven of its last nine tilts. Glen Davis scored 18 points starting in place of Nikola Vucevic, who sat out his third consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. Arron Afflalo contributed 16 points and nine rebounds while fellow backcourt mate Jameer Nelson added 15 points.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 118, Indiana 94
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant had 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Indiana Pacers 118-94 on Sunday night. Russell Westbrook added 26 points and 13 assists for the Thunder, who have won 10 of their last 11 games and moved to 10-0 at home this year. Paul George netted 32 points for Indiana, which has dropped two of its last four since beginning the year 16-1.
Final Score: Toronto 106, LA Lakers 94
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors spoiled Kobe Bryant's season debut by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 106-94 on Sunday. Bryant played his first game since April 12, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant had nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in the loss. The future Hall of Famer averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in 78 tilts last season. Amir Johnson ended with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost 10 straight against the Lakers in Los Angeles. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry tallied 26 and 23 points, respectively. Toronto snapped its five-game losing streak despite playing without forward Rudy Gay, who is expected to be traded to the Sacramento Kings on Monday as the key part of an apparent seven-player deal.