Rare win for Lakers, Knicks roll on, San Antonio back on track

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Updated: November 10, 2012

On a busy night of NBA action, the old guard of New York rolled on unbeaten, the Lakers finally got a win, the Heat edged Atlanta and San Antonio got back to winning ways. There were also wins for Oklahoma, Denver, Minnesota who made it 3 in a row, Phoenix and Philadelphia won their second consecutive games, Milwaukee remained top of the the Central Division, while their was also a win for Brooklyn.

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.

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.

Chase Budinger’s game-winning layup in the dying seconds of the game gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a 96-94 triumph over the Indiana Pacers.

 

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.

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.

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.

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, while Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Memphis Grizzlies’ 93-85 win over the Houston Rockets.

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.

Jrue Holiday netted 21 points and handed out a career-high 14 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the Boston Celtics, 106-100.

Corey Brewer scored 20 points off the bench, including 13 in the fourth, and Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Denver Nuggets’ 104-84 rout of the Utah Jazz.

Tim Duncan rolled back the years to get San Antonio back to wining ways. 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.

In tonight’s action, Philadelphia look to make it 3 in a row against Toronto who are struggling this season with only 1 win. Washington still looking for their first win take on Indiana, Charlotte host Dallas, Minnesota go for 5-1 against the Bulls, Detroit also winless face Harden and the Rockets, while Boston look to bounce back against Milwaukee.

Phoenix, San Antonio and Denver are also in action tonight, on the road to Utah, Portland and Golden State respectively.

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