Jan 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association games.
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Knicks 102, Heat 92
The New York Knicks continued their great start to 2014 by registering the most impressive victory in a run of four wins in five games on Thursday, a 102-92 triumph over defending NBA champions Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden.
The victory gave the Knicks (13-22) a first three-game winning streak of the season as coach Mike Woodson's team seek to turn around their fortunes after ending 2013 with a 9-21 record.
Miami (27-9), by contrast, had won 11 of its previous 13 games.
Forward Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points, center Andrea Bargnani added 19 points, and point guard Raymond Felton contributed 13 points and 14 assists.
Playing in his 800th NBA game, forward LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points.
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Nuggets 101, Thunder 88
Guard Randy Foye scored a season-high 24 points, guard Ty Lawson added 16 points and 14 assists, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-88.
Guard Evan Fournier came off the bench to score 19 for the Nuggets, who won their fourth in a row following an eight-game losing streak.
Forward Kevin Durant scored 24 of the Thunder's 51 first-half points and a game-high 30 points as they dropped their second consecutive game.
Durant scored half of his points from the free-throw line, where he was 15-for-16.
Oklahoma City (27-9) has been a .500 team since losing guard Russell Westbrook to a right knee injury in late December. (Compiled by Ben Everill; Editing by John O'Brien)