Alan Anderson sank four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 16 points as the Toronto Raptors rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-78, at Air Canada Centre. Jose Calderon followed with 15 points and six assists, while Amir Johnson and Ed Davis contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Toronto, which has won two straight and 10 of its last 13 overall. Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon scored 12 points apiece to pace the Bobcats, who have dropped two straight and three of their last four.
Final Score: Atlanta 103, Utah 95
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Devin Harris poured in a season-high 24 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday at Philips Arena. Harris, who returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing 11 games with a right foot injury, went 7-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arc to help the Hawks snap a four-game skid. Josh Smith had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Lou Williams dropped in 14 points and Ivan Johnson added 13 off the bench for Atlanta. Randy Foye dropped in 25 points, Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap donated 20 points to go with 13 boards and five assists for the Jazz, who had won four of their last five entering the contest.
Final Score: Boston 103, Houston 91
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce poured in a team-high 23 points on Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to a 103-91 triumph over the Houston Rockets at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger each donated 14 points off the bench for the Celtics, who have won five straight games. James Harden paced the Rockets with 24 points and Chandler Parsons followed with 18 in the setback, Houston's second in a row.
Final Score: Brooklyn 99, Phoenix 79
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson led five Brooklyn players in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting as the Nets took care of the Phoenix Suns, 99-79, on Friday at Barclays Center. MarShon Brooks added 17 points, while Andray Blatche contributed 15 and eight rebounds for Brooklyn, which has won five straight. Jared Dudley connected on all four of his 3-point attempts and finished with a team-high 18 points for the Suns, who have lost five in a row. Shannon Brown donated 15 points and Goran Dragic and Luis Scola finished with 12 apiece in defeat.
Final Score: Memphis 101, San Antonio 98 (OT)
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay missed two key free throws late in regulation, but drained a go-ahead jumper with 27.8 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Memphis Grizzlies fight off the San Antonio Spurs, 101-98, in a playoff-like atmosphere at FedExForum. Memphis was swept by its Southwest Division rival in all four meetings last season and dropped an overtime decision back on Dec. 1 after squandering a 14-point fourth quarter lead. The Grizzlies also saw a double-digit cushion fall by the wayside on Friday, and needed to survive Tony Parker's game-tying 3-pointer at the regular buzzer to win their fourth straight game. Gay finished with a team- high 23 points, Mike Conley added 21 points and five assists and Zach Randolph totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds in the statement victory. Parker led all scorers with 30 points, while Tim Duncan chipped in 13 points and 15 boards in the Spurs' third straight road loss.
Final Score: New Orleans 104, Minnesota 92
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists as the New Orleans Hornets rallied from an early deficit to down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-92, at New Orleans Arena. Eric Gordon followed with 16 points, Ryan Anderson netted 15 and Jason Smith dropped in 14 off the bench for the Hornets, who stretched their season-best win streak to four games. Al-Farouq Aminu contributed a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Luke Ridnour scored a game-high 20 points and Nikola Pekovic added 18 with six rebounds for Minnesota, which dropped its second straight.
Final Score: Chicago 108, New York 101
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Luol Deng posted a season-high 33 points, and the Chicago Bulls held off New York, 108-101, despite the return of Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and Richard Hamilton scored 14 for the Bulls, who never trailed and moved to 3-0 against the Knicks this season. Chicago, winners in four of its last five overall, also received 12 points apiece from Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli. Anthony, who finished with 39 points on 14-of-32 shooting, was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for confronting Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett following Monday's 102-96 loss at Madison Square Garden. New York, losers of a season-high three in a row, was never ahead. Tyson Chandler had nine points and 18 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 13 in defeat.
Final Score: Detroit 103, Milwaukee 87
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Greg Monroe scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting and ripped down 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons used a huge third quarter to top the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-87, on Friday at Bradley Center. Brandon Knight netted 20 points and handed out five assists, while Jason Maxiell added 10 points and seven boards for the Pistons, who have won five of their last six contests. Kyle Singler donated 10 points in the victory. Brandon Jennings struggled from the floor for Milwaukee, shooting just 5-of-13 for 15 points, while Beno Udrih also scored 15 as the Bucks' two-game winning streak came to an end. Monta Ellis added 13 points and five assists in a losing cause.
Final Score: Denver 98, Cleveland 91
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari poured in 23 points to go with seven rebounds as the Denver Nuggets downed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-91, at the Pepsi Center on Friday. Kosta Koufos tallied a career-high with 21 points, Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Iguodala posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, winners in four straight. Kyrie Irving finished with a game-high 28 points and also dished out seven assists and Dion Waiters donated 18 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who have dropped three of their last four.
Final Score: Golden State 103, Portland 97
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - David Lee had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists and the Golden State Warriors withstood a furious comeback by Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in a 103-97 victory at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson chipped in 16 points and Carl Landry netted 15, including a big layup after the Blazers pulled within four in the final minute of regulation. Golden State avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season and reached 23 wins to match its entire win total in last season's lockout-shortened 66-game campaign. Lillard nearly single-handedly carried Portland back from a 20-point deficit by hitting 10 straight shots in the second half en route to a 37-point effort. But it wasn't enough for the Blazers, who shot 15-of-43 from behind the arc and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 116, LA Lakers 101
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 42 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists on Friday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the reeling Los Angeles Lakers, 116-101, at Staples Center. Russell Westbrook posted a double-double with 27 points and 10 assists, while Kevin Martin added 15 points for the Thunder, who have won four of their last five. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points and Antawn Jamison donated 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost six straight for the first time since a seven-game slide from March 2-15, 2007.