David West racked up 30 points behind a near-perfect shooting display, and the Indiana Pacers kept up their recent home dominance with an impressive 102-89 triumph over the defending world champion Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. West went 12-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line while also pulling down a game-high seven rebounds. Four other Pacers scored in double figures and Indiana shot 55.7 percent as a team en route to its 13th consecutive win at home. Paul George and Lance Stephenson each contributed 15 points to the victory, with George Hill adding 12 for Indiana. The Heat were coming off a 105-85 road rout of Brooklyn on Wednesday, but weren't nearly as sharp in this one and dropped to 1-2 on their current four-game trip. Miami shot just 47.1 percent overall against the league's top-ranked team in field goal percentage defense, and committed 11 turnovers that the Pacers converted into 16 points. LeBron James came through with 28 points and six rebounds for Miami, while Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points and Chris Bosh had 13 in the setback.
Final Score: Toronto 98, LA Clippers 73
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The acquisition of Rudy Gay paid immediate dividends for the Raptors. Gay, who came off the bench for his new team Friday night, led the way with 20 points in Toronto's 98-73 blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Raptors acquired Gay and center Hamed Haddadi on Wednesday from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a 2013 second-round draft pick. Memphis then sent Calderon to Detroit for forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. Gay made half of his 16 shots from the field and was helped by three other players in double figures, as the Raptors snapped a three-game slide. Amir Johnson had 19 points and tied a career-best with 16 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan chipped in 19 points and seven assists, while John Lucas III added 17 points. Blake Griffin had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who played the second contest of their eight-game Grammy road trip. Jamal Crawford totaled 14 points, but the Clippers lost for the fifth time in their last seven games.
Final Score: Boston 97, Orlando 84
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each posted double-doubles and the now-weakened Celtics bench did the rest, as Boston handed the Orlando Magic an eighth straight loss, 97-84, on Friday. Just hours after learning key reserve Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season following back surgery, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the floor and held the Magic to 38 percent shooting to win going away. Pierce logged 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Garnett chipped in 14 points and 10 boards as Boston climbed back to .500 with their third straight win -- all without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Jeff Green netted 17 points, and fellow reserves Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry each chipped in 12 in the rout. Courtney Lee, Rondo's replacement in the starting lineup, rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14. The Magic, playing their first game since Glen Davis broke his left foot, were also missing Arron Afflalo and had another starter go down late in the first half when Jameer Nelson suffered a left forearm contusion.
Final Score: Brooklyn 93, Chicago 89
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets held off a short-handed Chicago Bulls team down the stretch to post a 93-89 victory at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn also received 13 points apiece from Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks in bouncing back from a lopsided home loss to Miami on Wednesday, though it still got all it could handle from a Chicago squad playing without three key regulars in All-Star center Joakim Noah, forward Carlos Boozer and guard Kirk Hinrich. Noah sat out the contest due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, Boozer missed a second straight game with a sore hamstring and Hinrich was sent back to Chicago earlier in the day for further evaluation for a right elbow infection. Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli each had 18 points for the Bulls, who owned a 73-72 lead with eight minutes remaining despite their depleted roster. Taj Gibson, starting in Boozer's place, compiled 16 points and nine rebounds, while Nate Robinson came through with a 12-point, 11-assist effort handling point guard duties in Hinrich's absence.
Final Score: Detroit 117, Cleveland 99
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Knight filled the stat sheet with 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Detroit's 117-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyle Singler also scored 20 points and Greg Monroe contributed 18 with 16 rebounds for Detroit, which beat Cleveland for a fifth straight time. Rodney Stuckey totaled 14 points for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game skid. Detroit won despite not having newly-acquired point guard Jose Calderon available for the game. He isn't able to play yet due to visa issues. The Pistons acquired Calderon Wednesday night from the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal that also included the Memphis Grizzlies. Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye were sent to the Grizzlies, who shipped star guard Rudy Gay north of the border. The Cavs, who have lost back-to-back contests following a three-game winning streak, were led by Tristan Thompson's 19 points. Kyrie Irving had 14 points, but just three after the first quarter.
Final Score: New York 96, Milwaukee 86
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 25 points along with eight rebounds and six assists, as the New York Knicks toughened up defensively in the second half to claim a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Tyson Chandler anchored the defense for New York during a 30-11 push bridging the third and fourth quarters. He grabbed 20 rebounds -- eight offensive -- and blocked two shots for the night to help the Knicks to their third straight victory. J.R. Smith knocked down five 3-pointers en route to 17 points and Amare Stoudemire also poured in 17 off the bench as the Knicks defeated Milwaukee for the fourth consecutive time. Raymond Felton contributed 14 points and eight assists in the victory. The Bucks controlled the first half, but scored just 33 points while shooting 31.7 percent over the final two quarters. Irsan Ilyasova scored 19 points, but had just three in the second half.
Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Sacramento 80
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Thaddeus Young posted 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers withstood a late push by the Sacramento Kings to take an 89-80 decision at Wells Fargo Center. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Nick Young poured in 20 points for Philadelphia, which won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch from Nov. 25-30. Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 29 points for the Kings, who have dropped two straight and six of seven overall. Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Memphis 85, Washington 76
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince looked pretty comfortable in his Memphis debut, making several clutch shots down the stretch to help the Grizzlies down the Washington Wizards, 85-76, at FedExForum on Friday. Prince received the most playing time of the three new players acquired in Wednesday's trade, in which the Grizzlies shipped Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. In 32 minutes of play, Prince scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Ed Davis and Austin Daye saw limited action in their respective debuts. Mike Conley scored a team-high 18 points and Marc Gasol contributed 13 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which bounced back after a loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Nene was Washington's only scorer in double-figures, tallying 14 points. John Wall contributed nine points along with seven rebounds and six assists in the Wizards' third straight defeat.
Final Score: Denver 113, New Orleans 98
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in leading the Denver Nuggets to their sixth straight win with a 113-98 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Pepsi Center. Ty Lawson recorded 21 points and 13 assists in a balanced effort for the Nuggets, who got 18 points from Danilo Gallinari and 17 from Corey Brewer. Denver had 32 fastbreak points thanks to forcing 22 turnovers. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 21 points, while Anthony Davis provided a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the club's third straight loss. Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez also netted 13 points apiece in defeat.
Final Score: Dallas 109, Phoenix 99
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo led a balanced attack for Dallas, scoring 20 points as the Mavericks continued their dominance over the Phoenix Suns with a 109-99 victory on Friday. Darren Collison poured in 19 points, Shawn Marion tallied 14 points to go with 11 rebounds and Vince Carter added 17 off the bench for the Mavericks, who have captured 11 of the past 12 matchups with Phoenix, including the first three of this season. Dallas prevailed despite missing Dirk Nowitzki for the second consecutive contest with a strained right adductor. Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the win. Goran Dragic fell just shy of a triple- double, registering 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Phoenix, which was coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Final Score: Utah 86, Portland 77
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson posted 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Utah Jazz to an 86-77 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Paul Millsap contributed 15 points, Randy Foye 14 and DeMarre Carroll 13 for Utah, which raced out to a big first-half lead and won for the seventh time in its last nine contests. Rookie Damian Lillard, who played college ball at Weber State, scored 26 for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews was helped off the court in the third quarter with a severely sprained right ankle. Matthews isn't expected to play in the rematch Saturday night in Portland.
Final Score: LA Lakers 111, Minnesota 100
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol was inserted back into the starting lineup and recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers continue their dominance over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 111-100 victory at Target Center. Even with All-Star center Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles to have treatment done on his ailing right shoulder, the Lakers raced out to an early lead and held on to snap an eight-game road skid and earn their 20th straight win over the Timberwolves. Kobe Bryant nearly posted a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Antawn Jamison and Steve Nash chipped in 18 and 17 points, respectively, for the victors. The Lakers dropped the opener of their seven-game road trip on Wednesday after squandering a late double-digit lead to the Suns. They saw a 26-point cushion dip to four midway through the fourth quarter Friday before pulling away for their fourth win in five games. Alexey Shved had 18 points to pace the Timberwolves, losers of six straight.