The Nets have been only sporadically competitive under Mikhail D. Prokhorov, who said his candidacy for president of Russia did not diminish his interest in the team.
The Knicks’ offense has sputtered through 11 games, even with a healthy Carmelo Anthony, because of too many new faces, too little practice time and the absence of a true point guard.
Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence to score 25 points and help the Chicago Bulls hold off a second-half charge and beat the Celtics, 88-79, in Boston on Friday night.
Ty Lawson returned from a sprained right foot to score 24 points, and the Denver Nuggets sent the Miami Heat to their third straight loss with a 117-104 victory on Friday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in his third straight 40-point performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a big early lead before hanging on for their fifth straight victory, 97-92 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Derrick Rose, who took last season’s Most Valuable Player award, returned to the Chicago line-up on Friday and paced the league leading Bulls to an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
Deron Williams had 35 points, his most since coming to New Jersey at last season’s trade deadline, as well as 14 assists and the Nets held off the short-handed Phoenix Suns 110-103 Friday night for just their third victory in 12 games this season.
Tony Parker scored 20 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 99-83 on Friday night and stay unbeaten at home.
Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence to score 25 points and help the Chicago Bulls hold off a second-half charge to beat the Boston Celtics 88-79 on Friday night.
Dirk Nowitzki went over 23,000 career points, Vince Carter had his highest-scoring game in Dallas and the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to four games with a 102-76 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.
Kevin Love scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio hit the tiebreaking free throws in his first career start, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets 87-80 on Friday night.
Kyle Lowry’s 25 points led five double-digit scorers and the Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 103-89 on Friday night.
Tyler Hansbrough made two key free throws with less than 15 seconds to play and the Indiana Pacers overcame the ejection of leading scorer Danny Granger to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-90 on Friday night.
Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Detroit Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81.
Fouling Dwight Howard did not work out for the Warriors on Thursday night, but Monta Ellis and Nate Robinson offer an impressively balanced attack on offense.
In a season with just one triple-double so far, Jason Kidd’s absence from the court is conspicuous. The star guard talks about the accomplishment he has helped to define.
OKLAHOMA CITY â?? Mike D’Antoni said he could not care less about Charles Barkley’s TNT rant against him. The rotund broadcaster blamed D’Antoni’s easy coaching style for rookie point guard Iman Shumpert’s out-of-control game Thursday in Memphis.
Shumpert shot 3 of 15 in the first half…
OKLAHOMA CITY â?? With injured Carmelo Anthony expected to miss tonight’s game against Oklahoma City and possibly Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee, the Knicks have a chance to return to the tenets of coach Mike D’Antoni’s ball-moving, up tempo offense.
And Amar’e Stoudemire, who…