Knicks remain intact, Nets drop Celtics, Heat down Denver

Updated: November 16, 2012

New York rolled on unbeaten, Brooklyn kept the heat on with a 4th straight win, while Miami got back to winning ways on the road against Denver.

It was a performance of real character by New York, as they kept their unbeaten record intact with a come from behind win over San Antonio 104-100. Jason Kidd drained three fourth-quarter treys and New York used a late offensive blitz shocking the Spurs.

The Knicks’ top offensive player managed just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. Raymond Felton picked up the slack with a game-high 25 points, Kidd added 14, J.R. Smith donated 17 off the bench, including the go-ahead three-pointer late in the game, and Tyson Chandler posted a 13-point, 11-rebound effort for the Knicks, who are the league’s last remaining unbeaten and are off to their best start since a 7-0 open to the 1993-94 campaign. New York won its first game in San Antonio since April, 2003, snapping a nine- game losing streak in the Alamo city. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 19 points and 12 assists, while Kawhi Leonard posted 16 points and nine rebounds and Tim Duncan added 14 points and 14 boards.

Deron Williams posted 24 points and eight assists as the Brooklyn Nets took a 102-97 win over the Boston Celtics. Brook Lopez also had 24 points and grabbed six rebounds while Joe Johnson gave 19 points in the win for the Nets, who have won four straight, keeping the heat on unbeaten New York in the Atlantic Division.

Minus Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat managed to snap a 10-game losing skid in Denver.

LeBron James registered a 27-point, 12-assist double-double, Shane Battier hit six 3-pointers and the Heat posted a 98-93 win over the Nuggets. Chris Bosh had 14 points and Mike Miller added 12 for Miami, which improved to 3-2 on its six-game road trip. Wade sat out the club’s first win in Denver since Jan. 29, 2002 with a sprained left foot. Andre Miller came off the bench to lead six Denver players in double figures with 19 points, 17 coming in the second half. JaVale McGee scored 18 points and Kenneth Faried posted his fifth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 20 rebounds.

Friday’s action kicks off a packed weekend of big match ups in the NBA. Orlando, on a 5 game losing streak are in Detroit, the pistons looking to build on their first win of the season after a terrible start which saw them lose their first 8 games. Dallas are on the road at Indiana, Utah are at Philadelphia, Top of the North West Oklahoma are at bottom of the South West New Orleans and Golden State are at Minnesota. Sacramento are on a 3 game losing streak, the Kings hos Atlanta who are also looking to get back to winning ways. Inconsistent Houston will again be looking for a big performance from James Harden when they travel to struggling Portland, while all eyes again will be on the Staples Center, as Phoenix visit the superstar Lakers knowing they are there for the taking. The Knicks unbeaten record will be severely tested tonight at Memphis who will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 7.

Phoenix +400 @ Lakers -450

Houston +109 @ Portland -125