Iman Shumpert started the game in the backcourt, but the journeyman Mike Bibby was the key player in the Knicks’ easy road victory against the Pistons.
With Dwyane Wade out for the third straight game, LeBron James, returning from an ankle sprain, scored 32 points against the Nets.
The Sixers, a middling team with no discernible on-court leader and few fans, made the playoffs last season, but they are overshadowed in this city by a love for the Eagles and the Flyers.
Chicago, who at 7-1 was off to its best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97, saw its winning streak snapped at six games.
The San Antonio Spurs built a big lead over the Denver Nuggets but were forced to hang on for a 121-117 win on Saturday.
Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Caron Butler scored 20 points against the team he suffered a season-ending injury against last January, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the severely undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 92-86 on Saturday night.
Gordon Hayward made a go-ahead free throw with 11 seconds remaining, lifting the Utah Jazz past the Golden State Warriors 88-87 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Vince Carter and Ian Mahinmi had 13 points each to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 96-81 victory over New Orleans on Saturday to hand the depleted Hornets their sixth consecutive loss.
Danny Green scored a season-high 24 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 121-117 on Saturday night.
Kevin Durant hit a jumper with 22 seconds left and nailed two free throws to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 98-95 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 14 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their fourth straight win, 97-62 over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
LeBron James returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night despite playing without Dwyane Wade.
Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 to lead the New York Knicks to an easy 103-80 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
Roy Hibbert scored 20 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-77 on Saturday night.
Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls’ six-game winning streak.
Coach Mike D’Antoni announced that Iman Shumpert would start in place of the struggling incumbent at point guard, Toney Douglas, on Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons.
The Sacramento Kings are regrouping under Keith Smart, who talked extensively about the challenges in front of him.
With more veterans playing for the D-League, its annual Showcase takes on new importance.
The Knicks finally made the switch. Mike D’Antoni turned the ball over to rookie point guard Iman Shumpert, putting Toney Douglas on the bench Saturday night. Shumpert helped Knicks to a 103-80 win over the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack and Derrick Favors all had Paul Hewitt’s blessings when they left Georgia Tech for the NBA as underclassman. Iman Shumpert, however, was different. With an NBA lockout looming and the chance to be a lottery pick in the 2012 draft, Shumpert was advised by his college coach to stick around one more year.