Pau Gasol knew he could play like this. Kobe Bryant and Ricky Rubio did, too. The only person in Laker land who seemed to doubt what the gifted post player could do was the man in charge.
A win over Chicago was devoid of the fluidity and ease that was a staple of the Nets’ winning ways early last month.
David West scored 30 points and lifted the Pacers over the Heat, 102-89. In other action, the Celtics defeated the Magic.
Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points in three quarters as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted an under-strength Chicago Bulls 93-89 at home on Friday.
O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures and the Mavericks, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, added to their mastery of Phoenix with a 109-99 victory over the Suns on Friday night.
Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets 113-98 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Indiana Pacers proved one thing Friday night: Beating Miami last month was no fluke.
Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 85-76 on Friday night.
Raymond Felton aggravated his right pinkie and left the game late in the third quarter. But he returned in the fourth to score 5 of his 14 points in a victory at Madison Square Garden.
Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points in three quarters as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted an under-strengthen Chicago Bulls 93-89 at home on Friday.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to three games with a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons never trailed Friday night in a 117-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 93-89 on Friday night.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a 97-84 win Friday night over the Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game.
Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a 98-73 rout of the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
The move is a likely precursor to the outright dismissal of Billy Hunter, who is under fire for questionable business practices and nepotism.
Much was said about Memphis trading away its talented star Rudy Gay, but getting Tayshaun Prince from Detroit may pay more dividends than people expect.
LeBron James wants to win as many championships as he can. When it comes to the titles dictated by money, he’s not that interested.
Thomas R. Ashley, Billy Hunter’s lawyer, issued a statement after Hunter was placed on indefinite leave as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.
The Knicks and Nets paid tribute to the late Ed Koch during their games on Friday night.
Friday night, against a Milwaukee Bucks team featuring two dynamic guards, the Knicks defended as they did in November and rendered Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings ineffective while cruising to a 95-81 victory.
The New York Knicks will host 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday when they play the Sacramento Kings.