Thomas paces Celtics in victory over Knicks

– Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and the Celtics wore down the Knicks in a 97-89 victory on Tuesday night.

Jae Crowder and Tyler Zeller each added 16 points, while reserves Evan Turner and Kelly Olynyk were also in double figures as the Celtics were fresher and sharper in dominating the final 15 minutes.

Turner had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Olynyk scored 13 points in the Celtics' fifth victory in six games.

Carmelo Anthony had 16 points and 14 rebounds but shot just 4-for-16 in the Knicks' sixth loss in seven games. Robin Lopez added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Arron Afflalo ended a shooting slump with 18 points but had some careless turnovers.

HIGHLIGHTS

•HOWARD SUSPENDED: The NBA suspended Rockets center Dwight Howard for Tuesday night's game against Miami for touching an official during a loss over the weekend. The league said the one-game suspension without pay was for "striking the arm of a game official" late in Saturday's 123-122 home loss to Washington. Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff was also fined $10,000 for public criticism of the officiating.

•GRIFFIN IN LIMBO: The Los Angeles Clippers will decide whether Blake Griffin joins them for the team's upcoming road trip after the NBA announces the results of its investigation of the star forward's punching of an assistant equipment manager. Griffin broke his shooting hand in the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto.

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