In the NBA, New York has a five-game winning streak after Carmelo Anthony provided 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 98-96 overtime win against Phoenix. Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks.
Houston was a 104-92 winner at Boston behind Dwight Howard's 32 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden and Jeremy Lin each had 16 points as the Rockets moved into a tie for fifth with Golden State in the West.
In the NFL, Terrell Thomas returned an interception 65 yards to set up a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown as the Giants topped the Raiders 24-20. Brown rushed for 115 yards in his first game of the season to help New York win its third straight.
In baseball, Detroit beat Boston 3-0 yesterday. Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings for the Tigers.
Elsewhere in the American League, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice while the Yankees put together an eight-run fourth to beat the White Sox 9-1. Minnesota passed Houston 10-6. Kansas City beat Seattle 3-1. Baltimore topped Cleveland 7-2. Oakland doubled up Texas 4-2 and the Angels won against Tampa Bay 11-2.
The New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez less than two hours after he was arrested Wednesday. Hernandez is being charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty but if convicted could get life in prison without parole.
Moving over to baseball news, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out. Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Recovery time is projected at six months.