Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Jeremy Lin added 18 to power the New York Knicks to their fifth victory in a row, defeating hosts Philadelphia 82-79 in an NBA matchup.
Lin, the Asian-American sensation, came off the bench last month to spark New York to seven victories in a row and now the Knicks are catching fire once again as the push to the playoffs begins.
At 23-24, the Knicks are eighth in the Eastern Conference. And by beating the 76ers, 26-21, they pulled within three games of Atlantic division leader Philadelphia in the standings.
Jrue Holiday scored 16 points to lead Philadelphia.
In Toronto, the NBA-leading Chicago Bulls had 17 points and 10 rebounds from Britain's Luol Deng to take the visitors past the Raptors 94-82. Chicago rose to an NBA-best 39-10 with a third consecutive triumph.
Durant also led the Thunder with nine rebounds and five assists as Oklahoma City improved to 35-12.
Source: AFP Global Edition