NBA Wrap-Up: Knicks Drop First Game
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for New York, while Raymond Felton scored 18 points and handed out five assists. - Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Sacramento 112-96 for their ninth consecutive win against the Kings. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta after missing a game due to an illness. The Hawks carried an 86-70 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained at least an 11-point lead the rest of the way. Korver went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and also had seven rebounds.
- The Lakers are responding to the coaching style of Mike D'Antoni, even though he isn't coaching from the sidelines yet. Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points and Los Angeles beat Phoenix 114-102. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center. The new coach isn't quite ready for sideline duty while recovering from knee replacement surgery, but the Lakers were aggressive after just one practice under their new coach on Thursday.
- Nicolas Batum had a career-high 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. James Harden had 29 points for the Rockets, who led by as many as 15 before falling behind in the final quarter. Chandler Parsons added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
- Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 99-93. Jason Richardson added 20 points for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game home losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored 14 and Nick Young finished with 12. The 5-4 Sixers dropped the first two games of a five-game home stand to Milwaukee and previously winless Detroit before bouncing back against Utah. Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points while DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 and Al Jefferson had 15.
- David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-83. West and Hill, the Pacers' top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. The Pacers shot 47 percent from the field in their first blowout win of the season. They had gone six games without scoring at least 100 points. O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks with 19 points.
- After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Orlando Magic rallied to come back and beat the Pistons, 110-106. J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left in the win. Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Detroit dropped to 1-9, two days after ending its franchise-worst 0-8 start.
- Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games, 110-95 over the New Orleans Hornets. Oklahoma City made 14 3-pointers, with Martin hitting six. Ryan Anderson scored 15 points for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight. Anthony Davis tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with eight points, but hit only 4 of 14 shots.
- David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors dominated inside during a 106-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the 5-4 Warriors, who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint. Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are also 5-4.
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