— The Associated Press

The Boston Celtics made one deal Thursday on the final day of trading before the deadline, acquiring guard Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks.

The Celtics, who also acquired forward Marcus Landry from the Knicks, gave up veteran guard Eddie House, along with J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker and a future conditional second-round pick.

Walker and Giddens spent time this season with the Maine Red Claws.

”I don’t think we would have done the trade if we didn’t think he’d make us better,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said of the 5-foot-9 Robinson.

”He absolutely makes us better. He gives us speed, No. 1, and he gives us another ballhandler. He gives us a guy that can have a night. The other thing he does is give us defense because he can pressure the ball.”

Robinson, a three-time slam-dunk champion who will be a free agent after the season, fell out of favor with Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni earlier this year and was benched for 14 straight games at one point.

NEW YORK acquired Tracy McGrady and his massive expiring contract in a three-team swap with Houston and Sacramento.

The Rockets got Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, and Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and draft considerations in 2011 and 2012 from New York.

The Kings got New York guard Larry Hughes, and Houston forwards Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey.

MILWAUKEE ACQUIRED guard John Salmons from Chicago, and sent the expiring contracts of forwards Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander to a Bulls team looking to make a move in free agency this offseason.

CHARLOTTE ACQUIRED power forward Tyrus Thomas from Chicago for a future, protected first-round, and the expiring contracts of guards Flip Murray and Acie Law.

UTAH TRADED shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to Memphis for a future first-round draft pick.


NUGGETS 118, CAVALIERS 116: Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, including the winning basket in overtime, and visiting Denver overcame LeBron James’ triple-double and ended Cleveland’s 13-game winning streak.

James had his triple-double by the end of regulation, finishing with 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, but Anthony matched him shot for shot, hitting the winner on a deep jumper over an outstretched James with 1.9 seconds left.

Kenyon Martin of Denver had 18 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.