Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George had a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Chicago Bulls, 91-79, on Friday night. Roy Hibbert supplied 12 points and 11 boards, while Lance Stephenson added 15 points for Indiana, which has won five of its last six games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler netted 17 points apiece and Joakim Noah provided 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bulls, who have dropped two of their last three.
Final Score: New York 93, Philadelphia 92
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Armed with a 15-point lead with just over four minutes remaining against a team that's lost 22 straight games, Knicks coach Mike Woodson pulled his starters. It nearly cost New York the game. The result though was the Knicks won their eighth straight contest and sent Philadelphia to its 23rd consecutive defeat, 93-92, at Wells Fargo Center. Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony tallied 21 points for the Knicks. Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Sixers, who nearly tied the game in the final seconds. Anthony went 1-of-2 from the foul line with 7.3 seconds left. Carter-Williams raced up the court, but his shot from the top of the arc caromed off the backboard and rim. Thaddeus Young was credited for the putback hoop at the buzzer, but the Sixers extended their franchise-record skid and fell for the 18th straight time at home. The Sixers are now three games shy of the NBA record skid of 26, held by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2010-11 season. Philadelphia faces Chicago, San Antonio and Houston, all on the road, in its next three contests before returning home for a March 29 game against Detroit, when the Sixers could possibly break the league mark for futility.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 119, Toronto 118 (2-OT)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant poured in 51 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Toronto Raptors, 119-118, in double-overtime. Durant took an inbounds pass and nearly lost control of the ball but recovered, took two dribbles and buried the go-ahead basket. DeMar DeRozan's heave at the buzzer didn't draw iron and the Thunder held on for their fifth win in six tries. Durant finished 7-of-12 from 3-point range and also had 12 rebounds and seven assists. Reggie Jackson added 25 points and 12 rebounds and Serge Ibaka had 13 points in the win.
Final Score: New Orleans 111, Atlanta 105
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence to score 34 points with 11 rebounds and lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Davis missed Wednesday's loss at home to the Toronto Raptors with an upper respiratory infection but returned on Friday to help the Pelicans to their sixth win in the last eight against Atlanta. Tyreke Evans tallied 21 points with four steals and four assists, Brian Roberts contributed 16 points and Luke Babbitt added 11 points in the win. Jeff Teague scored 26 points to go along with eight assists for the Hawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Paul Millsap deposited 20 points, Shelvin Mack had 18 and Pero Antic added 14 in the setback.
Final Score: Brooklyn 114, Boston 98
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Mason Plumlee added 18 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 114-98 win over the Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce added 14 points against his former club, while Andray Blatche and Jorge Gutierrez added 10 points apiece for the Nets, who have won 11 straight games at home. It is Brooklyn's longest home winning streak since 2005-06. Nets center Brook Lopez underwent successful left ankle surgery on March 3, general manager Billy King announced on Friday. The procedure, performed by Nets' foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley, included tightening the lateral ankle ligaments, as well as repairing a torn tendon. Avery Bradley scored a game-high 28 points and Jeff Green added 16 for the Celtics, losers in six of their last seven.
Final Score: Miami 91, Memphis 86
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds and the Miami Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-86, on Friday night. The Heat closed the game on a 14-2 run. James, who sat out Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics due to back spasms, finished 7-of-14 from the field. Ray Allen netted 18 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade netted eight of his 14 in the final frame for Miami, which has won three of its last four but are still just 4-6 over its last 10. Zach Randolph tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who had won six of their last seven contests coming in.
Final Score: Dallas 122, Denver 106
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis scored 14 of his 26 points in the final quarter and dished out seven assists, and the Dallas Mavericks used a late burst to pull away for a 122-106 win over the Denver Nuggets. Ellis went 6-for-6 from the field in the fourth quarter, as Dallas, which shot 14-of-19 in the period, beat Denver for the first time in four meetings this season. Dirk Nowitzki tallied 21 points for the Mavericks, who are in a fight with Memphis and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots in the West. Dallas is seventh in the conference, a game in front of the Grizzlies. Shawn Marion scored 14, while Vince Carter and Brandan Wright each added 13 for the winners. Jae Crowder scored 12 for the Mavs, who have won four of their last five games. Ty Lawson had 17 points and nine assists, but also committed seven of Denver's 16 turnovers. J.J. Hickson scored 18 to pace the Nuggets, who had won four of their previous five contests.