There were 13 matches in the NBA on Friday night with Orlando beating the Lakers 114-105, Toronto beating Philadelphia 104-95, San Antonio hammering Atlanta 105-79, Oklahoma City thrashing Boston 101-83, Brooklyn beating Dallas 107-106 and Cleveland easily beating Milwaukee 93-78.
New Orleans also beat Detroit 103-101 while New York hammered Charlotte 125-96, the Clippers beat Chicago 112-95, Memphis beat Houston 88-87, Washington upset Phoenix 101-95, Indiana beat Sacramento in overtime 116-101 and Minnesota beat Golden State 121-120.
The NBA's second worst team the Orlando Magic beat the LA Lakers at home on Friday night by nine points with forward Tobias Harris having a career-best night for the winners with 28 points, 20 rebounds and four assists.
Arron Afflalo also added 23 points and six assists for the Magic with Jameer Nelson finishing with 22 points and six assists, and Victor Oladipo 15 points, 12 boards, five assists and two steals.
Pau Gasol worked hard for the Lakers with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists with Kendall Marshall finishing with 19 points and 14 assists, Jodie Meeks 17 points and Ryan Kelly 15 points.
Nick Young also added 16 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Lakers.
Toronto is now within one game of sweeping a season series against Philadelphia after beating the 76ers on the road by nine points on Friday night, but more importantly it improved the Raptors to a 22-20 record on the season to remain in third position in the eastern conference standings.
DeMar DeRozan was again on fire for the Raptors with 34 points and nine rebounds while point guard Kyle Lowry added 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a triple-double.
John Salmons also scored 12 points for Toronto with Patrick Patterson adding 11 and Terrence Ross 10.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points to go with five assists for the Sixers while Spencer Hawes finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young also scored 16 points while adding seven rebounds with Evan Turner adding 13 points and four assists. Hollis Thompson scored 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
San Antonio resoundingly responded to a last-up loss to Oklahoma City that saw them drop top spot in the western conference hammering the Hawks in Atlanta by 26 points on Friday night.
Boris Diaw top-scored for the Spurs off the bench with 21 points and five rebounds with Tim Duncan adding 17 points, 16 points and four blocked shots.
Australian guard Patty Mills also scored 18 points while hitting 6-of-8 from three-point territory. Point guard Tony Parker also finished with 11 points and seven assists.
Paul Millsap top-scored for Atlanta with 15 points and eight rebounds while Lou Williams scored 12 points and Mike Scott 10.
For the first time ever since the Seattle Supersonics morphed into the Oklahoma City Thunder they performed without both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Boston on Friday night, but they still managed to win by 18 points to remain on top of the western conference at 34-10.
Serge Ibaka led the way for Oklahoma City with 1 points and seven rebounds while Jeremy Lamb added 19 points, Reggie Jackson 14, Thabo Sefolosha 13 and Perry Jones 10.
Jeff Green scored 16 points for the Celtics with Gerald Wallace adding 13 points and Brandon Bass 11.
Point guard Rajon Rondo finished with five points and eight assists.
Brooklyn continued its vastly-improved form to beat Dallas at home on Friday night by a point to rise to a 19-22 record on the season and to sit in seventh position in the eastern conference standings.
The Nets set up the win in the second quarter scoring 39 points with Mirza Teletovic adding 24 on his own on his way to 34 points and six rebounds for the night off the bench in a career-best performance.
Deron Williams also added 18 points and 11 assists off the bench for Brooklyn with Paul Pierce scoring 12 points and Kevin Garnett 10 to go with 11 rebounds.
Vince Carter top-scored off the bench with 19 points for the Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki adding 18 points, Monta Ellis 16, Jose Calderon 15 and Devin Harris 14.
Cleveland had no trouble handing Milwaukee its 34th loss of the season already with the Cavs cruising to the 15-point win at home after at one stage leading by 26.
Anderson Varejao top-scored for the Cavaliers with 16 points while Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dion Waiters scored 13 points and had eight rebounds off the bench while Jarrett Jack added 10 points and Kyrie Irving 10 points and 10 assists.
Khris Middleton scored 13 points off the bench for the Bucks while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 10 points and pulled in seven rebounds.
New Orleans went in to Detroit on Friday night and beat the Pistons by two points with Anthony Morrow leading the way off the bench with 21 points.
Austin Rivers also added 15 points while Eric Gordon had 15 points, Anthony Davis 14, Brian Roberts 13 and Al-Farouq Aminu 10.
Pistons centre Andre Drummond scored 21 points and 20 rebounds in the first 20-20 game of his career becoming the first Pistons player to do so since Antonio McDyess did it against the Knicks on March 11, 2009.
The Knicks finally scored an emphatic win inside Madison Square Garden but it took an incredible individual performance from forward Carmelo Anthony for that to happen.
New York beat Charlotte by 29 points on Friday night with Anthony not only putting in a career-best performance, but also setting a new Knicks all-time scoring record with 62 points and 13 rebounds on the back of shooting 23-of-35 from the field, 6-of-11 from three-point territory and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
JR Smith also scored 14 points for the Knicks with Raymond Felton adding 11 and Tim Hardaway Jr 10.
Al Jefferson top-scored for Charlotte with 25 points and nine rebounds with Chris Douglas-Roberts scoring 14 points, Ramon Sessions 12 and Jannero Pargo 11.
The Clippers continued their fondness of the United Centre winning for the 11th time over the last 13 years with a comfortable 17-point win over Chicago on Friday night.
All-Star starter Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists with Jamal Crawford contributing 19 points off the bench.
JJ Redick also added 18 points and five assists for the Clippers with Darren Collison scoring 17 points, Matt Barnes 13 and DeAndre Jordan 10 to go with 12 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer led the way for the Bulls with 22 points and nine rebounds while Taj Gibson scored 18 points, Mike Dunleavy 17 and Joakim Noah 12 to go with 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Memphis scored a tight one-point victory in a low-scoring affair in Houston against the Rockets on Friday night.
Courtney Lee top-scored for the Grizzlies with 19 points while Zach Randolph added 15 points, Mike Conley 14, Ed Davis 10 and James Johnson 10.
Chandler Parsons did all he could for the Rockets finishing with 34 points while Dwight Howard added 11 points and 12 rebounds. James Harden shot just 2-of-11 from the field for 10 points and 13 assists.
Washington went to Phoenix and scored an impressive six-point victory to see the Wizards improve to a 21-21 record on the season to sit in fifth position in the eastern conference.
The Suns' struggles continued without injured guard Eric Bledsoe with them now having won just eight of 18 games without him after previously being 16-8 with him in their line-up.
Trevor Ariza led the way for the Wizards with 23 points and seven rebounds with point guard John Wall adding 18 points and 12 assists.
Bradley Beal also finished with 17 points and six rebounds while Nene scored 18 points and Marcin Gortat 14 and five rebounds.
Goran Dragic led the way for Phoenix with 19 points and 11 assists while Channing Frye scored 16 points, Miles Plumlee 14, Markieff Morris 13 and Leandro Barbosa 10.
It took an overtime period, but the NBA's best team the Indiana Pacers managed to pull off a five-point win over the Kings in Sacramento.
Paul George continued his outstanding form for the Pacers finishing with 36 points and five rebounds on the back of shooting 12-of-22 from the field.
Lance Stephenson also added 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Indiana while David West had 22 points, George Hill 10 (eight rebounds, eight assists) and Roy Hibbert 10 (11 rebounds, five blocks).
Marcus Thornton did all he could for the Kings scoring 42 points while point guard Isaiah Thomas also added 36 points and six assists, but no other Sacramento player scored more than Derrick Williams' seven points.
Two of the NBA's most exciting teams out west Minnesota and Golden State then played out a thrilling, high-scoring affair in Oakland with the Timberwolves just managing to come out on top with a one-point victory in a game that featured 241 points.
Starting All-Star Kevin Love finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the T'Wolves while Kevin Martin scored 26 points while hitting all three of his attempts from downtown.
Nikola Pekovic also added 22 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota while Corey Brewer scored 15 points.
Another starting All-Star Steph Curry had a big night for the Warriors with 33 points and 15 assists while Australian centre Andrew Bogut was also outstanding with eight points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
David Lee also scored 23 points for Golden State with Klay Thompson adding 18, Andre Iguodala 16 and Marreese Speights 10.
NBA Results Friday January 24
Los Angeles Lakers (16-28) 105 lost to Orlando Magic (12-32) 114
Toronto Raptors (22-20) 104 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (14-29) 95
San Antonio Spurs (33-10) 105 defeated Atlanta Hawks (22-20) 79
Oklahoma City Thunder (34-10) 101 defeated Boston Celtics (15-30) 83
Dallas Mavericks (25-20) 106 lost to Brooklyn Nets (19-22) 107
Milwaukee Bucks (8-34) 78 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (16-27) 93
New Orleans Pelicans (17-25) 103 defeated Detroit Pistons (17-26) 101
Charlotte Bobcats (19-26) 96 lost to New York Knicks (16-27) 125
Los Angeles Clippers (30-15) 112 defeated Chicago Bulls (21-21) 95
Memphis Grizzlies (21-20) 88 defeated Houston Rockets (29-16) 87
Washington Wizards (21-21) 101 defeated Phoenix Suns (24-18) 95
Indiana Pacers (34-9) 116 defeated Sacramento Kings (15-27) 111
Minnesota Timberwolves (21-21) 121 defeated Golden State Warriors (26-18) 120