Sacramento is in a stronger position to persuade the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.

Late Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.

The other $189 million will come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale that would move the team and restore the SuperSonics name.

Knicks 100, Celtics 85: New York has been winning no matter the opponent. But winning in Boston still feels special.

"Let's just be quite frank about them," Carmelo Anthony said scoring 29 points to help the Knicks win their fifth straight. "We always want to beat Boston. New York in anything wants to beat Boston, and when we do it's a great feeling."

J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 32 points, and the Knicks sent the Celtics to their fifth straight loss.

The win moved the Knicks into second place in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics, who could face the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, remained in seventh.

Clippers 109, Mavericks 102: Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points, including the first eight in overtime, and host Dallas beat Los Angeles. Chris Paul also had a season-high 33 for the Clippers.

Timberwolves 105, Pistons 82: Reserve J.J. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points, and Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota past host Detroit. The Timberwolves, who came into the game shooting a league-worst 29 percent from behind the arc, hit 14 3-pointers.

Lakers: Metta World Peace sustained torn cartilage in his left knee during Monday's game at Golden State, according to the Los Angeles Times. World Peace is to fly back to Los Angeles on Wednesday and consult with team doctor Steve Lombardo. A timetable for his return will then be issued.