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Good teams win again; NY teams don't

By Chris Pike
14 December 2013 08:36PM EST

INDIANA, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Houston all continued their dominant NBA form with wins on Friday night while New York and Brooklyn again suffered disappointing losses.

There were 13 matches played in the NBA on Friday evening with Indiana beating Charlotte 99-94, Cleveland downing Orlando 109-100, Toronto beating Philadelphia 108-100, Atlanta beating Washington in overtime 101-99, Boston beating New York 90-86 and Detroit coming back to beat Brooklyn 103-99.

New Orleans also beat Memphis 104-98, Oklahoma City thrashed the LA Lakers 122-97, Chicago won a thriller over Milwaukee 91-90, San Antonio survived Kevin Love and Minnesota 117-110, Utah beat Denver 103-93, Phoenix downed 116-107 and Houston was too good for Golden State 116-112.

Indiana continued its NBA-best start to the 2013/14 season with a five-point win at home against Charlotte on Friday night.

The win sees the Pacers become the first NBA team to reach 20 victories this season after it took them until January 5 to get to the same mark last season, but their record on that occasion was 20-14. It's now 20-3.

Lance Stephenson top-scored for Indiana with 20 points to go with his 11 points and seven assists on the back of 9-of-14 shooting from the field.

Centre Roy Hibbert added 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots while David West had 14 points and eight boards, George Hill 13 points, Luis Scola 11 and Paul George 10.

The Bobcats worked hard before coming up just short with Al Jefferson leading the way with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Kemba Walker added 13 points, Ramon Sessions 13 and Gerald Henderson 10.

The Cavaliers closed out just their second road victory of the season late in Orlando ending up winning by nine points thanks to a 36 to 24 final quarter.

Point guard Kyrie Irving was the star with 31 points and five assists with Dion Waiters adding 21 points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.

Anderson Varejao added 10 points and 14 rebounds, and CJ Miles 10 points.

Victor Oladipo tied his career-high with 26 points for the Magic with point guard Jameer Nelson adding 17 points and five assists.

Arron Afflalo scored 17 points for Orlando as well with Andrew Nicholson finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tobias Harris 10 points.

Toronto took care of business at home to Philadelphia winning by eight points on Friday led by 27 points, six assists and five rebounds from shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.

Terrence Ross also scored 24 points for the Raptors with Amir Johnson adding 17 points and boards.

Jonas Valanciunas also had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry 11 assists to go with his six points.

The 76ers slipped to a 7-17 record with the loss despite 23 points and five assists from point guard Tony Wroten who continued to step up in the absence of rookie Michael Carter-Williams due to a skin infection in his knee.

Evan Turner added 21 points and 10 boards for the Sixers while Thaddeus Young had 18 points, Spencer Hawes 15 and James Anderson 13.

Precious little separated the Wizards and Hawks all night long in Atlanta in a game that featured 11 lead changes, but in the end it was Hawks big man Al Horford who was the difference when he hit a 12-foot jumper to ensure his team one at the end of an overtime period.

Atlanta had given up a 15-point lead in the final quarter and then only survived to an overtime period when Washington's John Wall missed his match-winning attempt on the buzzer of full-time.

However, Horford was outstanding all night and finished with an equal career-high 34 points and 15 rebounds on the back of 15-of-23 shooting from the field.

Power forward Paul Millsap finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists with Kyle Korver adding 16 points and point guard Jeff Teague 12 to go with his seven assists.

Trevor Booker top-scored for the Wizards with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Martell Webster had 15 points and eight boards, Wall 13 points and 11 assists despite shooting 6-of-22 from the field, Marcin Gortat 12 points, 10 boards and six assists, and Trevor Ariza 10 points and six rebounds.

New York looked capable of recording a much-needed win in Boston on Friday leading by as much as 11 points during the third quarter, but the Celtics dominated the final period with 22 points to 13 to end up winning by four points.

Jared Sullinger top-scored for Boston with 19 points and six rebounds with Courtney Lee adding 18 points off the bench.

Avery Bradley also had 13 points and six rebounds for the Celtics and Brandon Bass 10 points to go with his eight boards.

Carmelo Anthony again worked hard for the woeful 6-16 Knicks with 26 points but he only shot 9-of-24 from the field.

Andrea Bargnani added 22 points and seven rebounds also for New York with Amare Stoudemire scoring 18 points off the bench.

Detroit bounced back from a couple of disappointing losses to snap Brooklyn's first winning streak of the season with the Pistons holding on for the four-point victory at home despite a ferocious 31-point final quarter from the Nets.

The Pistons improved to an 11-13 record with the win that was set up by its big man pairing of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Drummond finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Monroe 22 points and 11 boards.

Rodney Stuckey hit 17 points off the bench with Kyle Singler adding 16. Josh Smith had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists while point guard Brandon Jennings had a night to forget with just eight points and four assists on 3-of-14 shooting from the floor.

Point guard Deron Williams led the way for Brooklyn with 22 points and nine assists with Andray Blatche continuing his impressive form off the bench with another 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Mirza Teletovic caught fire with five three-pointers on his way to 17 points with Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce adding 12 apiece.

Veteran power forward Kevin Garnett had four points and eight rebounds as he became just the 10th player in NBA history to collect 14,000 rebounds. He has amassed those in a decorated career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and now the Brooklyn Nets.

New Orleans won its second straight match to improve to an 11-10 record with a tight six-point victory over the fast-finishing Grizzlies at home.

Eric Gordon was terrific for the Pelicans with 25 points, four rebounds and four assists on the back of shooting 10-of-12 from the floor, and nailing all three of his attempts from long range.

Point guard Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 12 assists for New Orleans while Ryan Anderson had 18 points, Anthony Morrow 11 and Al-Farouq Aminu 10.

Jon Leuer top-scored for Memphis off the bench with 19 points and eight rebounds while Mike Conley finished with 18 points and seven assists, Zach Randolph 13 points and 10 boards, Ed Davis 12 points and Mike Miller 10 points.

Oklahoma City continued its outstanding form to improve to an 18-4 record on the season with a 25-point thumping of an LA Lakers team without a point guard.

Kevin Durant again starred for the Thunder with 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals on a supremely efficient 10-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range.

Point guard Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, Serge Ibaka 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson 19 points off the bench.

The Lakers were without a point guard with Kobe Bryant forced to fill that role for much of the night in just his third game back for the season after he ruptured his achilles tendon late last season.

The Lakers are without point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar to long-term injuries.

Bryant did all he could and finished with four points and 13 assists, but the Lakers had no answers for one of the best teams in the NBA.

Nick Young scored 17 points for the Lakers with Xavier Henry adding 15, Paul Gasol 14 and Wesley Johnson 13.

The Bulls overran the Bucks in the final quarter to snatch a one-point win in Milwaukee on Friday even without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.

Joakim Noah led the way for Chicago with 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Jimmy Butler added 16 points for Chicago, Kirk Hinrich 13, Mike Dunleavy 12 and Carlos Boozer 14 to go with his 12 rebounds and two blocks.

Gary Neal top-scored for Milwaukee off the bench with 17 points while John Henson had 15 points, OJ Mayo 14, Brandon Knight 11 and Khris Middleton 10.

Kevin Love did his very best for Minnesota to try and snatch a win off the Spurs, but San Antonio was too good in the finish at home to record a seven-point victory thanks to a 37-point final quarter.

The win improved the Spurs to an 18-4 record on the season with Tony Parker leading the way with 39 points and six assists.

Manu Ginobili added 20 points and nine assists off the bench for San Antonio with Kawhi Leonard hitting 19 points.

Tim Duncan threatened a triple-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots while Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli had 12 points apiece.

Australian guard Patty Mills played just seven minutes for four points while big man Aron Baynes didn’t hit the floor.

Love had a huge night for the Timberwolves finishing with 42 points and 14 rebounds highlighted by him nailing 8-of-9 from three-point range.

Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Ricky Rubio 15 points and eight assists, and Kevin Martin 14 points.

Utah won just its sixth game from 25 matches this NBA season with a 10-point victory over the Nuggets in Denver.

It was the Nuggets' third loss at home of the season after only losing three matches in the Pepsi Centre in all of the 2012/13 campaign.

Gordon Hayward top-scored for the Jazz with 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists with Richard Jefferson adding 14 points, Derrick Favors 19, Marvin Williams 11, Trey Burke 10 and Jeremy Evans 10 to go with his 11 rebounds.

Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton both scored 17 points for Denver with Timofey Mozgov adding 13 points, JJ Hickson 12 and Andre Miller 11.

Phoenix continued its impressive form with a nine-point win at home over Sacramento to improve to a 13-9 record on the season.

Goran Dragic led the way for the Suns with 29 points while his backcourt partner Eric Bledsoe had 28 points and eight assists.

Miles Plumlee finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, Channing Frye 11 points, PJ Tucker 10 points and Gerald Green 10.

Isaiah Thomas did all he could for the Kings finishing with 29 points and six rebounds while new Sacramento player Rudy Gay had 24 points just days after being traded from Toronto.

Centre DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Kings with Derrick Williams adding 14 off the bench.

Houston then closed out the night with an impressive four-point win in Oakland over the Warriors to improve to a 16-8 record on the season, while Golden State slipped to 13-11.

The win continued the Rockets recent dominance over the Warriors as well with them now having won 18 of the last 22 meetings dating back to January 29, 2008.

James Harden shot just 9-of-22 from the field for Houston but top-scored with 26 points to go with his nine assists while centre Dwight Howard had 18 points and 11 rebounds while also hitting all seven free-throw attempts including two late to ice the win.

Chandler Parsons scored 23 points as well for the Rockets with Patrick Beverley adding 16 and Omri Casspi 10.

David Lee top-scored for the Warriors with 23 points and 10 rebounds with Harrison Barnes adding 20 points and 12 boards, Stephen Curry 20 points and nine assists, and Marreese Speights 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut had some good moments up against Howard and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.

NBA Results Friday December 13
Charlotte Bobcats (10-13) 94 lost to Indiana Pacers (20-3) 99
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-13) 109 defeated Orlando Magic (7-16) 100
Philadelphia 76ers (7-17) 100 lost to Toronto Raptors (8-13) 108
Washington Wizards (9-12) 99 lost to Atlanta Hawks (12-11) 101
New York Knicks (6-16) 86 lost to Boston Celtics (11-14) 90
Brooklyn Nets (8-15) 99 lost to Detroit Pistons (11-13) 103
Memphis Grizzlies (10-12) 98 lost to New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) 104
LA Lakers (10-12) 97 lost to Oklahoma City Thunder (18-4) 122
Chicago Bulls (9-12) 91 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (5-18) 90
Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12) 110 lost to San Antonio Spurs (18-4) 117
Utah Jazz (5-19) 103 defeated Denver Nuggets (13-8) 93
Sacramento Kings (6-15) 107 lost to Phoenix Suns (13-9) 116
Houston Rockets (16-8) 116 defeated Golden State Warriors (13-11) 112

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