In the league's premier Thursday night game, the New York Knicks took down the Los Angeles Lakers in Madison Square Garden, 116-107, behind an epic first quarter from Carmelo Anthony, who scored 22 in the first frame and 30 total before leaving due to injury. The Knicks built a 20-plus point lead in the first half, but without Anthony let the Lakers back into the game. A late three-pointer by J.R. Smith sealed the win.
Most of the NBA was in action Friday night, including the hometown Philadelphia 76ers, who fell to the Indiana Pacers, 95-85, Friday night without Jrue Holiday. Elsewhere in the Atlantic Division, the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons in double-overtime on a Joe Johnson buzzer-beater and the Toronto Raptors, shockingly, blew out the Dallas Mavericks, 95-74. The Boston Celtics were dropped by the Houston Rockets on ESPN, 101-89.
Other scores from around the Association:
Los Angeles Lakers 102, Washington Wizards 96