Lakers getting on a run, Anthony stars again for the Knicks

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Updated: November 19, 2012

Dwight Howard led the Lakers to victory over Houston, Portland made it 3 straight against the Bulls, Detroit registered their second win of the season, New York rolled on to 7-1, Brooklyn turned over the Kings, while there were also wins for Philadelphia and Toronto on a busy night in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant’s triple-double and Dwight Howard’s 28-point, 13-rebound effort lifted Los Angeles to a 119-108 victory over the Houston Rockets. Bryant tallied 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the victory for Los Angeles, which recorded a season-high in points. The Lakers have reversed things somewhat going 4-1 since their 1-4 start.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the New York Knicks downed the Indiana Pacers, 88-76, J.R. Smith followed with 13 points and seven boards and Raymond Felton chipped in 11 points and eight assists to help the Knicks bounce back from their first loss of the season on Friday against Memphis.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Jose Calderon dished out 18 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 97-86 decision over the Orlando Magic, while Evan Turner had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 86-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Durant’s first career triple-double and Russell Westbrook’s 30 points lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Durant tallied 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Westbrook added seven assists and five steals for Oklahoma City, which has won seven of its last eight contests.

Greg Monroe paced six double-digit scorers with 20 points while also adding 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons downed the Boston Celtics, 103-83. Jason Maxiell had 15 points, Kyle Singler and Rodney Stuckey each dropped in 14, Corey Maggette netted 11 and Tayshaun Prince contributed 10 for the Pistons, who have won two of their last three after dropping their first seven games of the season.

Andray Blatche poured in a team-high 22 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 99-90 win over the Sacramento Kings. Deron Williams posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists and MarShon Brooks dropped in 14 for the Nets, winners in five straight.

Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Chicago Bulls, 102-94, at the Rose Garden. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Damian Lillard contributed 16 points and J.J. Hickson poured in 10 as all five Portland starters scored in double digits. Ronnie Price added 10 points off the bench in the Trail Blazers’ third straight win. Joakim Noah finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to pace Chicago, which dropped its second consecutive game.

In tonight’s games, Indiana are in Washington, the Wizards still looking for their first win of the season, Milwaukee are at Charlotte, Orlando are at Atlanta in the big South East Divisional clash, Denver face Memphis, the team with the best record at the moment with an 8 game winning streak, Golden State are on the road to Dallas, the Clippers are looking for a 6th straight win at San Antonio, and Houston look to get back to winning ways against Utah.