With their new team president watching from a midcourt seat, the Knicks dominated the first half, then pulled away after the Eastern Conference leaders finally got untracked in the second half.
Fans stood to cheer Jackson in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Lance Stephenson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and failed to extend their three-game lead over the Miami Heat, who lost to Boston earlier Wednesday.
CELTICS 101, HEAT 96
One night after scoring 43 points in a 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, James sat out the game with back spasms and the Heat lost for the first time in their three games without him this season.
Rondo finished with nine points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as Boston stopped a five-game losing streak. Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points and had career highs of six 3-point baskets and nine 3-point attempts. Brandon Bass added 18 points.
BULLS 102, 76ERS 94
PHILADELPHIA -- D.J Augustin scored 20 points, Taj Gibson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago handed Philadelphia its 22nd straight loss.
The Sixers are four losses shy of matching the NBA record for longest-single season losing streak.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the record of 26 consecutive losses in the 2010-11 season. The Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) each lost 23 straight.
The Sixers also lost their 17th straight home game since beating Charlotte on Jan. 15.
SPURS 125, LAKERS 109
With their seventh straight victory over the Lakers dating to last season's playoffs, the Spurs opened a 1½-game lead over Indiana for the league's best record. San Antonio leads Oklahoma City by two games atop the Western Conference.
Los Angeles has lost 20 of 26.
NETS 104, BOBCATS 99
Williams scored 11 of his points in the final six minutes.
After Josh McRoberts' dunk and free throw gave the Bobcats an 85-82 lead, Williams hit a driving layup with 6:00 left, then a 3-pointer on the next possession. He followed that with a steal and two free throws to give the Nets an 89-85 lead with 5:22 remaining.
Brooklyn never trailed again, but when Charlotte pulled to within 98-95 Williams hit a foul line jumper with 37 seconds left and Brooklyn closed it out from the foul line.
TIMBERWOLVES 123, MAVERICKS 122, OT
The Timberwolves broke a six-game stretch of alternating wins and losses with their second straight victory to move two games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 for Dallas and put the Mavericks ahead with a fadeaway over Love with 33 seconds left in overtime before Love scored on a jump hook with 17 seconds to go.
Nowitzki missed on another try over Love in the final seconds as the Mavericks saw a three-game winning streak and missed a chance to move a season-high 15 games over .500.
Rubio had 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
RAPTORS 107, PELICANS 100
Kyle Lowry scored 23, Amir Johnson added 17 and Vasquez finished with 14 to help Toronto overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and snap a two-game skid. Tyler Hansbrough, playing additional minutes with starting center Jonas Valanciunas sidelined by a sore back, grabbed 13 rebounds, seven on the offensive end.
The game was tied at 94 when Vasquez scored five straight points in a 36-second span on a running floater and a driving layup as he was fouled -- the latter coming after Vasquez rebounded his missed jumper for one of Toronto's 22 offensive rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 96, JAZZ 86
Gasol and Randolph each had 10 rebounds for Memphis, which won its eighth straight home game and fifth straight over the Jazz. Mike Conley finished with 18 points and seven assists, and Tony Allen scored 10 points.
Memphis weathered several runs by the Jazz before six straight points in the fourth quarter provided a sufficient buffer. The Grizzlies began the night in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
SUNS 109, MAGIC 93
PHOENIX -- Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense and Phoenix used a big second-half run to beat Orlando.
Gerald Green added 14 points, including three 3-pointers during a 23-3 Phoenix burst that turned a close game into a runaway.
Orlando, already without Jameer Nelson (sore left knee), lost center Nicola Vucevic when he drew two quick technical fouls and was ejected with 2:32 left in the first quarter.
NUGGETS 118, PISTONS 109
DENVER -- Aaron Brooks had 27 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead Denver past Detroit for its fourth win in five games.
Randy Foye added 22 points, Kenneth Faried had 14 and J.J. Hickson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without Ty Lawson (sinus infection) and Wilson Chandler (injection to treat hip injury).
Trailing by seven at the half, the Nuggets used a 10-2 run to take an 85-84 lead into the fourth quarter. Denver used another 10-2 surge to increase the lead to 104-91 with 6:04 left.
After the Pistons pulled within four in the final minute, Hickson had a layup and Anthony Randolph converted a three-point play to secure the victory.
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