Nets 96, Knicks 89
Host Brooklyn worked overtime to pull out the opener of their new-look rivalry with New York on Monday night to tie their city rivals for first place. Jerry Stackhouse hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 3:31 left in overtime as the Nets controlled the extra period of a playoff-like game that neither team led by more than seven. Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Knicks.
Thunder 114, Bobcats 69
Kevin Durant scored 18 points and host Oklahoma City opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history. Russell Westbrook had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters were pulled less than five minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading 79-25.
Bucks 93, Bulls 92
Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and visiting Milwaukee overcame a 27-point deficit. Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls but missed a shot at the buzzer that could have won it.
Spurs 118, Wizards 92
Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker added 15 to lead visiting San Antonio to its fourth-consecutive win. The Spurs had seven players in double figures as they continued their successful road trip.
Pistons 108, ?Trail Blazers 101
Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading host Detroit. Lillard entered the day as the NBA’s top rookie scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He missed his first 12 shots from the field against the Pistons and finished with 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting.
Jazz 105, Nuggets 103
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors made three free throws down the stretch to help Utah remain unbeaten at home. The Nuggets had a chance to tie it with 3.6 seconds left but Ty Lawson was double-teamed and passed too late for Corey Brewer to get off a final shot.