There were 10 games in the NBA on Friday night with Charlotte beating Philadelphia 105-88, Milwaukee downing Washington 109-105 in overtime, Atlanta beating Cleveland 108-89, Boston downing Denver 106-98 and New York thrashing Orlando 121-83.
Houston also thrashed Golden State 105-83, Oklahoma City beat New Orleans 109-95, Phoenix beat Toronto 106-97, Portland hammered Utah 130-98 and the Lakers beat Sacramento 106-100.
Charlotte had little trouble beating Philadelphia at home by 17 points with Jeff Taylor showing the way with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Kemba Walker had 18 points and 10 assists, Gerald Henderson 18 points, Al Jefferson 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions 13 points.
Tony Wroten had a good game for the 76ers in the absence of Michael Carter-Williams due to foot soreness with 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Evan Turner added 16 points for the Sixers with Hollis Thompson scoring 12 and Spencer Hawes 10 to go with 13 rebounds and five assists.
It took an overtime period, but Milwaukee beat Washington on the road on Friday by four points to give the Bucks their second victory only since November 6. In that time, they had lost 13 of 14 matches.
Khris Middleton top-scored for Milwaukee with a career-high 29 points and seven rebounds with Brandon Knight adding 20 points, six boards and six assists.
John Henson worked hard for 19 points, 17 rebounds and four assists for Milwaukee with OJ Mayo adding 17 points.
John Wall top-scored for the Wizards with 30 points and eight assists with Trevor Ariza adding 22 points and 12 rebounds. Marcin Gortat also had 14 points and eight boards.
Atlanta cruised to a comfortable 19-point victory on Friday over the struggling Cleveland with Kyle Korver adding 10 points but more importantly two three-pointers of which his first in the opening quarter meant he had nailed a shot from long-range in 90 consecutive matches.
That now sees him break the previous record of 89 held by Dana Barros.
Al Horford top-scored for the Hawks with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists with Paul Millsap finishing with 16 points and 14 boards.
Jeff Teague also had 13 points and six assists for Atlanta, Louis Williams 13 points and Cartier Martin 12.
Dion Waiters top-scored for the Cavs with 30 points with Andrew Bynum adding 20 points and 13 rebounds. Kyrie Irving went scoreless for the first time in his career having missed all nine of his shots.
Boston then continued its improved form lifting to a 9-12 record with an eight-point win over Denver at home thanks to a 39 to 15 opening quarter.
Jordan Crawford led the way at point guard in the continued absence of Rajon Rondo with another 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Avery Bradley added 18 points for the Celtics, Kris Humphries 18, Jeff Green 15 and Brandon Bass 14 to go with his eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
Ty Lawson finished with 20 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Nuggets while JJ Hickson had 17 points and seven rebounds.
New York finally won consecutive games for the first time this season coming off a seven-game home losing streak to hammer the Magic at Madison Square Garden by 38 points, after leading by as much as 41 during the night.
Carmelo Anthony top-scored for the Knicks with 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Andrea Bargnani added 17 points and eight boards, JR Smith 17 points while Tim Hardaway Jr scored 15, Raymond Felton 14, Metta World Peace 12 and Iman Shumpert 10.
Arron Afflalo had another 20 points for the Magic with Victor Oladipo adding 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Jameer Nelson had 13 points and nine assists.
Phoenix then improved to an 11-9 record on the season with a solid nine-point win at home over Toronto.
Markieff Morris top-scored for the Suns with 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while hitting 11-of-14 from the field.
PJ Tucker added 18 points and a career-best 13 rebounds also for Phoenix with Eric Bledsoe finishing with 16 points and seven assists.
Amir Johnson hit a season-high 22 points off the bench for the Raptors with Kyle Lowry finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Rudy Gay also had 17 points and 10 rebounds while DeMar DeRozan added 13 points.
Oklahoma City then improved to a 14-4 record with a solid 14-point win in New Orleans over the Pelicans.
Kevin Durant again led the way for the Thunder with 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals while shooting an economical 11-of-17 from the field as well.
Russell Westbrook added 25 points and four assists with Serge Ibaka scoring 17 points to go with 13 boards and three blocks. Reggie Jackson added 15 points off the bench also for Oklahoma City.
Ryan Anderson top-scored for the Pelicans with 18 points with Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday adding 16 apiece.
Houston recorded a big 22-point win over Golden State at home after leading at one point by as much as 28.
James Harden top-scored for the Rockets with 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting with Dwight Howard finishing with 22 points and 18 rebounds.
Terrence Jones also had 16 points and 10 boards for the Rockets who held the Warriors to season lows in field-goal percentage (35.5 percent), 3-point field-goal percentage (12.5 percent), 3-pointers made (two) and assists (10).
Stephen Curry had 22 points and five assists for Golden State with Harrison Barnes adding 14 points and Kent Bazemore 12. Australian centre Andrew Bogut had four points and five rebounds.
The Lakers beat the Kings in Sacramento by six points to give them a lift heading into Sunday's clash with Toronto where superstar Kobe Bryant is set to play his first game of the season after recovering from an achilles injury.
In Friday's win over the Kings, Jodie Meeks hit 19 points, Pau Gasol 19, Nick Young 14, Steve Blake 13, Wesley Johnson 13 and Robert Sacre 11.
Ben McLemore scored 20 points for Sacramento with DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas also scored 14 points and John Salmons 13.
Portland then improved to a 17-3 record to remain the best team in the western conference with a thrashing at home of Utah to the tune of 32 points.
Wesley Matthews top-scored for the Blazers with 24 points with Damian Lillard adding 21 points and six assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge continued his outstanding form with another 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists while Nicolas Batum and Thomas Robinson hit 13 points apiece.
Andris Burks hit 16 points for the Jazz while Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans, Michael Harris and John Lucas III all scored 10.
NBA Results Friday December 6
Philadelphia 76ers (7-13) 88 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (9-11) 105
Milwaukee Bucks (4-15) 109 defeated Washington Wizards (9-10) 105
Cleveland Cavaliers (6-13) 89 lost to Atlanta Hawks (11-10) 108
Denver Nuggets (11-8) 98 lost to Boston Celtics (9-12) 106
Orlando Magic (6-13) 83 defeated New York Knicks (5-13) 121
Golden State Warriors (11-9) 83 lost to Houston Rockets (14-7) 105
Oklahoma City Thunder (14-4) 109 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (9-10) 95
Toronto Raptors (6-12) 97 lost to Phoenix Suns (11-9) 106
Utah Jazz (4-17) 98 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (17-3) 130
LA Lakers (10-9) 106 defeated Sacramento Kings (4-13) 100