Brook Lopez produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets trounced the Orlando Magic, 107-68, at the Amway Center in the opener of a home-and-home series. Four others scored in double-figures as well for Brooklyn, and despite injuries to Gerald Wallace and Marshon Brooks, the Nets played their most complete game of the season, albeit it was against an injury-riddle Magic squad. Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse fueled the Brooklyn bench, which outscored Orlando's 55-18. Blatche scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed nine boards while Stackhouse poured in 11 in his Nets debut. Starters Deron Williams and Joe Johnson chipped in 12 and 13, respectively, for the Nets, who led by as many as 39 points in snapping a 10-game losing streak against the Magic.
Final Score: Milwaukee 101, Washington 91
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis poured in 22 points and Brandon Jennings had 12 points and seven assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-91 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday. Mike Dunleavy and Larry Sanders each scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench and Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points for the Bucks, who bounced back from an 18-point loss to Memphis on Wednesday. Bradley Beal netted a career-high 22 points and Trevor Ariza added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who fell to 0-4 in the setback.
Final Score: Miami 95, Atlanta 89
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen drained the go-ahead baseline jumper with under two minutes remaining and LeBron James narrowly missed a triple- double, as the Miami Heat topped the Atlanta Hawks, 95-89, at Philips Arena. The Heat played without star guard Dwyane Wade, who remained at the team hotel due to a cold. James, who had 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, hit a key jumper with 13.6 seconds left. Chris Bosh had 24 points and Allen netted 17. James limped off the court with 36.4 seconds left in the first half after banging knees with Josh Smith. James was driving to the hoop when his right knee collided with Smith's left knee. James exited immediately to the locker room, but was on the court to start the second half.
Final Score: Philadelphia 106, Boston 100
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jrue Holiday netted 21 points and handed out a career-high 14 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the Boston Celtics, 106-100, on Friday at TD Garden. Evan Turner scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Thaddeus Young laced 15 points and grabbed five boards for the Sixers, who have won two straight. Dorrell Wright added 15 points in the triumph. Paul Pierce scored a team-high 24 points to go with five assists and Kevin Garnett contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Rajon Rondo scored 14 points and dished out 20 assists in the setback. It was Rondo's 27th consecutive game with 11 or more assists, which tied an NBA record set by John Stockton.
Final Score: New York 104, Dallas 94
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and seven rebounds as the New York Knicks remained undefeated with a 104-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. J.R. Smith added 22 points off the bench, while Ronnie Brewer finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for New York, which improved to 4-0 on the season and is off to its best start since beginning the 1993-94 campaign 7-0. Tyson Chandler contributed 11 points and nine boards in the win. O.J. Mayo netted 23 points to pace the Mavericks, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: Memphis 93, Houston 85
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Memphis Grizzlies' 93-85 win over the Houston Rockets. Rudy Gay added 21 points and seven boards, while Mike Conley chipped in 14 points for Memphis, which has won four straight on the heels of its season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Chandler Parsons tallied 19 points, while James Harden registered 18 points, but on just 4-of-18 shooting for the Rockets, who dropped their first road game in three chances.
Final Score: Minnesota 96, Indiana 94
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Chase Budinger's game-winning layup in the waining seconds of the game gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a 96-94 triumph over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Budinger, who notched a team-high 18 points off the bench, put in an uncontested layup with less than a second to play to give the Timberwolves their third straight win, matching their longest streak from all of last season. Derrick Williams tallied 15 points and Nikola Pekovic totaled 13 points and eight rebounds, while Alexey Shved and Dante Cunningham each added 11 off the bench for Minnesota in the victory. George Hill, who scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting, drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 94-94 before Budinger's decisive score. David West contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds in the defeat.
Final Score: New Orleans 107, Charlotte 99
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Anthony Davis returned to the lineup Friday night and had the best game of his young career, scoring 23 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking five shots in the New Orleans Hornets' 107-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, had missed the Hornets' previous two contests after sustaining a concussion last Friday against Utah. Fellow rookie Austin Rivers, taken by New Orleans with the 10th overall selection, had four points and four assists after sitting out Wednesday's 77-62 loss to Philadelphia with a sprained finger. Ryan Anderson made five 3-pointers en route to 25 points for the Hornets, who improved to 3-2 on the young season. Brian Roberts and Al-Farouq Aminu tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively. Ben Gordon had 34 points to pace the Bobcats, who have lost three in a row since opening the season with a win over the Indiana Pacers. Ramon Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played with Davis at Kentucky, added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 105, Detroit 94
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Serge Ibaka poured in a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Friday night, as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the winless Detroit Pistons, 105-94, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant recorded a double-double with 25 points and 13 boards, while Kevin Martin tallied 16 points and Eric Maynor netted 13 points for the Thunder, who have won seven straight over the Pistons and three straight overall. Rookie Andre Drummond paced the Pistons with 22 points and eight rebounds and Greg Monroe added 14 points, 10 boards and six assists in a losing effort, as Detroit dropped to 0-6 for the first time since the 1980-81 squad went 0-7 to begin the season.
Final Score: Phoenix 107, Cleveland 105
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Goran Dragic scored a game-high 26 points and Shannon Brown added 22 points off the bench as the Phoenix Suns edged the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-105, on Friday. The Suns trailed by seven with 4:35 left, but used a 14-4 run to take a 105-102 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining. Kyrie Irving's layup was blocked by Marcin Gortat and Cleveland was forced to foul Dragic, who made 1-of-2 free throws. Daniel Gibson buried a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left and the Cavs quickly fouled Sebastian Telfair, who split a pair of free throws. Cleveland turned to Irving for a game-winning shot, but the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year's three was off target and the Suns held on for the win.
Final Score: San Antonio 97, Sacramento 86
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan seems to have found the fountain of youth. The 36-year old big man poured in a game-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 97-86 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Duncan has posted double-doubles in four of his team's first six games this season. Patty Mills netted 18 points off the bench for the Spurs, who bounced back from a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Jason Thompson scored 17 points to go with six rebounds, while Marcus Thornton donated 17 points for the Kings, who fell to 2-4 on the young season. DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and nine boards and Tyreke Evans finished with 12 and six rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Denver 104, Utah 84
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Corey Brewer scored 20 points off the bench and Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Denver Nuggets' 104-84 rout of the Utah Jazz. Andre Iguodala tallied 15 points and seven boards, while Kosta Koufos finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which has won three straight since beginning the year with three consecutive losses. Gordon Hayward netted 15 points to lead the Jazz, who have lost three of their last four games since opening their campaign with a victory. Randy Foye and Enes Kanter poured in 13 points apiece off the bench, while Derrick Favors registered 10 points and 11 boards off the pine in defeat.
Final Score: LA Lakers 101, Golden State 77
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 27 points on Friday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers got the post-Mike Brown era off on the right foot with a resounding 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Brown was fired earlier on Friday in the wake of a dismal 1-4 start for a team which many national pundits pegged as the favorites to win the Western Conference. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff coached Los Angeles to victory on Friday, but the team announced the search for a permanent replacement would begin immediately, with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and former Knicks bench boss Mike D'Antoni emerging as the frontrunners. On the court, Bryant added nine rebounds and seven assists, while Pau Gasol recorded a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards to help the Lakers earn their fifth consecutive victory over the Warriors. Stephen Curry paced Golden State with 18 points and five assists and Klay Thompson chipped in 15 points for the Warriors, who have alternated wins and losses through the first six games.