Knicks 125, Bobcats 96
Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, most at the current Madison Square Garden, and the host New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.
Anthony made 23-of-35 shots, one when he leapt from halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer, and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.
Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Kevin Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break Bernard King’s Knicks record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant’s arena record of 61, set five years ago.
Magic 114, Lakers 105
Tobias Harris had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lift the host Orlando Magic to a victory over the obviously fatigued Los Angeles Lakers.
Arron Afflalo added 23 points and Jameer Nelson scored 22 as the Magic won for only the second time in their last 14 games. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Thunder 101, Celtics 83
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season and Serge Ibaka scored 21 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the host Boston Celtics.
It was the Western Conference-leading Thunder’s sixth straight victory. Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 19 points, and former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Raptors 104, 76ers 95
Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the host Philadelphia 76ers.
DeRozan scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight early in the quarter as the Raptors opened a double-digit lead.
Nets 107, Mavericks 106
Mirza Teletovic scored 24 of his 34 points in the second quarter and Deron Wiliams had 18 points and 11 assists as the host Brooklyn Nets beat the Dallas Mavericks for their fourth straight win.
The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January. Paul Pierce had 12 points and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey.
Former Net Vince Carter had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points for the Mavs, who lost their second straight game.
Spurs 105, Hawks 79
Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta and the visiting San Antonio Spurs coasted to a win over the short-handed Hawks.
Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker didn’t return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third quarter.
Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 21 points.
Pelicans 103, Pistons 101
Eric Gordon’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds left gave the visiting New Orleans Pelicans a victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit blew a 16-point third-quarter lead, and the Pistons inexplicably didn’t call time after Gordon’s winning shot.
Grizzlies 88, Rockets 87
Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 15 and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the host Houston Rockets for a win.
Mike Miller drew an offensive foul to give Houston the ball back with 8.3 seconds left. But Patrick Beverley shot an air ball 3-point attempt under heavy pressure to give the Grizzlies the victory.
Chandler Parsons had a career-high 34 points and made 10 3-pointers.
Clippers 112, Bulls 95
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to a victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls.