NEW YORK – The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena.

Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and the other nine players on the court at the time were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl between the Nuggets and Knicks, triggered in part by a New York team that felt it was being shown up on its home floor.

Multiple players, including Anthony, threw punches, and New York’s Nate Robinson and Denver’s J.R. Smith – fouled hard by Mardy Collins on the play that started the brawl – flew into the first row of the crowd while fighting during the NBA’s scariest scene since Indiana players fought with Detroit fans in 2004. According to the Knicks, the whole thing happened because the Nuggets still had their starters on the floor with 1:15 left and a 19-point lead. Denver won 123-100.

“They just wanted to embarrass us,” Robinson said. “It was a slap in the face to us. As a team, as a franchise, we weren’t going to let that happen. A clean, hard foul happened and after that it went down from there.”

The foul wasn’t clean at all. Collins grabbed Smith around the neck as he was going in for a breakaway layup. Anthony and Robinson quickly jumped in, and the melee went from one end of the court all the way to the other.

Magic 81, Cavaliers 74

ORLANDO, Fla. – Grant Hill scored 21 points and Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds and the Orlando Magic ended a three-game losing streak with an 81-74 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bulls 106, Hawks 104

ATLANTA – Andres Nocioni hit a pair of free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Heat 98, Grizzlies 90

MIAMI – Dwyane Wade, returning from a two-game absence, scored a season-high 41 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-90 victory over Memphis on Saturday night, handing the Grizzlies their sixth straight loss.

Mike Miller and Hakim Warrick each scored 20 points to led Memphis, which has dropped nine of 10.


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