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Warriors hammer Suns; Knicks lose again

By Chris Pike
28 December 2013 07:57PM EST

GOLDEN State showed it is a team to be reckoned with this NBA season thrashing an impressive Phoenix on Friday while New York again lost inside Madison Square Garden.

There were nine matches in the NBA on Friday night with Oklahoma City beating Charlotte 89-85, Orlando thrashing Detroit 109-92, Brooklyn downing Milwaukee 104-93, Toronto accounting for New York 95-83 and Minnesota thumping Washington 120-98.

New Orleans also comfortably beat Denver 105-89 with Utah beating the Lakers 105-103, Sacramento downing Miami 108-103 and Golden State hammering Phoenix 115-86.

The Thunder won a tight, low-scoring affair in Charlotte over the Bobcats on Friday coming out four-point victors to improve to a 24-5 record on the season.

Kevin Durant once again led the way for Oklahoma City finishing with 34 points to go with his 12 rebounds and six assists.

It was Durant's 14th 30-point game of the season, which is the most of any player in the NBA this season.

Serge Ibaka finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Thabo Sefolosha had 12 points and point guard Reggie Jackson 10 points and six rebounds in the absence of Russell Westbrook.

Kemba Walker tried hard for the Bobcats with 18 points and seven assists while Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Gerald Henderson scored 14 points also for Charlotte with Josh McRoberts adding 13 points and seven assists.

Orlando recorded a thumping win at home over Detroit by 17 points with Arron Afflalo leading the way with 23 points on the back of shooting 9-of-11 from the field.

It was Orlando's first victory at home in exactly a month.

Centre Nikola Vucevic also had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic while Victor Oladipo had 16 points and 11 assists off the bench.

Tobias Harris scored 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and Glen Davis 14 points and eight boards.

Brandon Jennings top-scored for Detroit with 21 points and eight assists with Will Bynum adding 18 points off the bench on shooting 8-of-13 from the floor.

Centre Andre Drummond also had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Brooklyn scored a win at home but it was scarcely impressive against the 6-23 Milwaukee.

It was the Nets' fourth win straight over the Bucks with Milwaukee now having lost eight of its last nine games on the season to continue to be the NBA's worst team.

Shaun Livingston top-scored for Brooklyn with 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in his most impressive outing of the season.

Mirza Teletovic added 19 points and six boards off the bench while Paul Pierce had 13 points, Jason Terry 12 and Kevin Garnett 10.

Giannis Antetokounmpo top-scored for Milwaukee with 16 points to go with 10 rebounds with Khris Middleton scoring 15 points, OJ Mayo 13, Brandon Knight 11 and Larry Sanders 10.

The Knicks once again put in a poor showing inside Madison Square Garden slipping to a 4-12 record at home this season and to a dismal 9-20 overall with Toronto coming in to beat New York by 12 points on Friday.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 25 points with Jonas Valanciunas finishing with a massive 16 points and 18 rebounds as Toronto ran right over top of the Knicks in the final quarter.

Kyle Lowry added 15 points and 11 assists for the Raptors with Terrence Ross and John Salmons both scoring 11 points apiece also.

The Knicks were again without Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni with Andrea Bargnani top-scoring with 18 points to go with 12 rebounds.

JR Smith added 17 points, seven boards and six assists with Beno Udrih finishing with 15 points and 10 assists.

Rookie Tim Hardaway added 15 points off the bench hitting 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Minnesota scored a thumping 22-point home victory over Washington with the Timberwolves turning the ball over for a season-low five times while also getting 44 points off the bench.

Kevin Love led the way for the T'Wolves with 25 points and 11 rebounds with centre Nikola Pekovic adding 18 points and 10 boards.

Jose Barea led the bench with 17 points while Alexey Shved scored 13 points.

Point guard Ricky Rubio finished with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Wizards point guard John Wall scored 26 points to go with his seven assists with Bradley Beal adding 14 points, Nene 13, Martell Webster 11, Trevor Booker 10 and Trevor Ariza 10.

New Orleans beat Denver at home by 16 points in what was the Pelicans' first victory this season over a team with a winning record.

In the process, the loss means that the Nuggets no longer hold a winning record at 14-14 while the Pelicans improved to 13-14.

Tyreke Evans top-scored for New Orleans off the bench with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds with Jrue Holiday adding 17 points and eight assists.

Anthony Davis also had 17 points and seven boards, Ryan Anderson 16 points and 10 rebounds, Al-Farouq Aminu 11 points and Darius Miller 11.

Wilson Chandler top-scored for the Nuggets with 22 points with JJ Hickson adding 16, Ty Lawson 14 and Jordan Hamilton 12.

Utah snapped a four-game losing run at home with a nail-biting two-point win over a Lakers team that has now lost four matches on the trot in the continued absence of Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, and with Pau Gasol not playing on Friday.

Gordon Hayward led the way for the Jazz with 24 points and nine assists with Derrick Favors adding 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Marvin Williams had 16 points and seven boards for Utah with Trey Burke adding 14 points and seven assists, and Alec Burks 13 points.

Nick Young top-scored for the Lakers off the bench with 21 points with Chris Kaman stepping in for Gasol and finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Jordan Farmar had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists with Jordan Hill scoring 16 points, Jodie Meeks 13 and Xavier Henry 12.

Without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen, Miami fell short of beating the Kings in Sacramento with the home side running out five-point winners largely thanks to the recently-arrived Rudy Gay.

Gay finished with 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting for Sacramento while centre DeMarcus Cousins was outstanding with 27 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas also had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Kings with Jason Thompson adding 10 points.

LeBron James did all he could for Miami with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists with Chris Bosh also contributing 18 points and seven rebounds.

Mario Chalmers finished with 11 points and 10 assists with Norris Cole scoring 13 points off the bench.

Golden State then finished the night with a 29-point blowout victory in Oakland over a Phoenix team that has been in outstanding form.

The Warriors were inspired by Stephen Curry who recorded his third career triple-double with 14 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds.

Klay Thompson top-scored for Golden State with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting while David Lee had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut added eight points, six rebounds and three blocks with Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green both scoring 11 points off the bench.

PJ Tucker top-scored for Phoenix with just 11 points to go with his 12 rebounds.

NBA Results Friday December 27
Oklahoma City Thunder (24-5) 89 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (14-16) 85
Detroit Pistons (14-17) 92 lost to Orlando Magic (9-20) 109
Milwaukee Bucks (6-23) 93 lost to Brooklyn Nets (10-19) 104
Toronto Raptors (12-15) 95 defeated New York Knicks (9-20) 83
Washington Wizards (12-14) 98 lost to Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15) 120
Denver Nuggets (14-14) 89 lost to New Orleans Pelicans (13-14) 105
LA Lakers (13-17) 103 lost to Utah Jazz (9-23) 105
Miami Heat (22-7) 103 lost to Sacramento Kings (9-19) 108
Phoenix Suns (17-11) 86 lost to Golden State Warriors (18-13) 115

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