The Philadelphia 76ers continued their up-and-down early season, playing without center Andrew Bynum Friday night in a loss on the road to the Golden State Warriors. The loss is far from a shameful one — the Warriors are 20-10 in the loaded Western Conference — but it bumped the Sixers down to 14-16, and exposed several of the team's flaws. Nick Young shot 5-17 off the bench, a night like he was known for in Washington. They were out-rebounded 52-43 and David Lee went for 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Elsewhere in the Sixers' division, the Brooklyn Nets got their first win under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, 97-81, and handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 17th-straight loss in the process. Deron Williams shot 50 percent from the floor and scored 19 points, but had just two assists. Brook Lopez took advantage of Bismack Biyombo and Hakim Warrick for 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
The Knicks couldn't pull out another miracle game-winner against the Sacramento Kings last night. Rather, they were the victims of a ridiculous, chaotic buzzer-beater themselves, courtesy of James Johnson. They fell, 106-105, and fell to 21-9 on the season, though they're still more than five games up in the Atlantic Division.
Thursday night, the Boston Celtics were blown out of the Staples Center by the best team in the NBA right now, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics were the victims of the Clippers' 15th-straight win, and it wasn't a particularly close game, 106-77. They're now just one game ahead of the Sixers.