Houston give Knicks some late Thanksgiving stuffing

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Updated: November 24, 2012

The NBA returned after a Thanksgiving break,with Memphis and Houston leaving both the Lakers and New York with very little to be thankful for. Atlanta continued their revival with a 4th straight win, Boston beat the odds, Nelson led the way for Orlando, Brooklyn closed the gap to within a game of the Knicks, Toronto lost a third straight, Parker took the reins for the Spurs and Sacramento found themselves on the wrong end of a result again. On a packed night their were also wins for Denver, Phoenix and Portland.

Tony Parker put home a season-high 33 points and handed out 10 assists as the San Antonio Spurs continued their recent dominance over the Indiana Pacers with a 104-97 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tim Duncan netted 22 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili added 19 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have not lost to Indiana since April 1, 2007, a span of 11 consecutive games. Danny Green and Gary Neal contributed nine and eight points, respectively, in the triumph.

Al Horford poured in a game-high 26 points and ripped down 13 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks knocked off the Charlotte Bobcats, 101-91, at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Horford added three blocks on the defensive end, while Kyle Korver dropped four 3-pointers en route to 16 points and six boards for the Hawks, who have won four in a row. Jeff Teague contributed 13 points and Josh Smith added 10 in the victory.

Brandon Knight penetrated the lane to score the game-winning layup in the final seconds, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 91-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Knight, who finished with 16 points, scored his final basket with the Pistons trailing by one. He used a Greg Monroe pick to split the defense and score the go-ahead basket with just over seven seconds remaining. For the second game in a row, the Raptors lost a one-point contest in devastating fashion. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points but misfired on the Raptors’ final two possessions, with the second bouncing off the back rim and over the backboard to seal the win for the Pistons.

Jeremy Lin dominated the headlines coming into Friday’s game between Houston and New York, but Chandler Parsons stole the spotlight with a career-high 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. Parsons added five rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in the Rockets’ 131-103 victory over the Knicks. Lin ended with 13 points, seven rebounds and one steal against his former team. Once on the brink of being out of the league, Lin became an overnight sensation in New York last season when he recorded at least 20 points nine times over a 10-game stretch from Feb. 4-20, a span in which the Knicks went 8-2 with a six-game winning streak. The undrafted Harvard product had his campaign cut short after 35 games (25 starts) due to a knee injury. The Rockets signed Lin to a three-year, $25 million offer sheet in the offseason. The Knicks opted not to match and Lin became a Rocket. James Harden added 33 points and went 16-of-16 from the foul line for the Rockets, who have won six in a row against the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony made seven 3-pointers en route to 37 points for New York, which has lost two straight for the first time this season. Raymond Felton donated 17 points and eight assists.

Rookie Damian Lillard scored a career-high 28 points, as the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-95, at Rose Garden, Brook Lopez scored 26 points and sparked a strong late run that lifted the Brooklyn Nets to an 86-76 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Barclays Center, Gordon Hayward drained the go-ahead basket with less than five seconds remaining and the Jazz overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to take a 104-102 decision over the Sacramento Kings, J.J. Redick went 8-of-8 from the foul line down the stretch to lift the Orlando Magic over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-104, Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Jeff Green added 17 against his former team, as the Boston Celtics downed the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-100, at TD Garden and  Goran Dragic scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and overtime as the Suns overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to rally for a thrilling 111-108 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at U.S. Airways Center.

Andre Iguodala poured in a season-high 29 points, as the Denver Nuggets downed the Golden State Warriors, 102-91, at Pepsi Center. Danilo Gallinari donated 20 points and seven rebounds, while Ty Lawson finished with 18 points and nine assists to help the Nuggets earn their third straight victory.

Rudy Gay finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-98, at FedExForum. Each member of Memphis’ starting lineup scored in double digits, as Mike Conley poured in 19 points, Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol netted 14 points with eight assists and Tony Allen contributed 12 points for the Grizzlies, who rebounded from their second loss of the season. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 30 points to pace Los Angeles, which dropped its second straight contest.

In tonight’s action, Oklahoma look to get back to winning ways against Philadelphia who have enjoyed an extended break, Charlotte travel to Washington who still haven’t won, Atlanta are on a run and look for a 5th straight win against the Clippers, Miami host Cleveland, the Lakers are on the road to Dallas, its first against second in the Central Division as Milwaukee host the Bulls, Utah look for a double over Sacramento and Golden State are back at home against Minnesota.