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The New York Knicks claimed their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 in emphatic fashion Tuesday, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony in a 120-99 win over the Washington Wizards for their 13th straight victory.
Anthony had 21 points during the Knicks' 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA's scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games. Iman Shumpert added 18 points for the Knicks, who negated a height disadvantage by tying a franchise record with 20 3-pointers. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each added 17 points. LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami and Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 15 rebounds as the Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 94-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat equaled a club single-season record by winning for the 61st time, getting there with five games remaining. Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed for the entirety of the playoffs. Norris Cole and Ray Allen each scored 11 for the Heat, who played without an injured Dwyane Wade and an ill Chris Bosh. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 25 points and Kevin Durant added 21 as the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 90-80.