Final Score: Orlando 102, Cleveland 94
Orlando, FL - Dwight Howard had 19 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks, as the Magic downed the Cavaliers, 102-94, on Friday. Jason Richardson added 19 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 18 for the Magic, who have won two straight on the heels of a season-high four-game skid. Ryan Anderson finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Alonzo Gee scored a career-high 20 points in defeat. Kyrie Irving had 18, Antawn Jamison added 16 and 12 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions chipped in 14 for the Cavaliers. They have lost two straight and three of four overall. Anderson Varejao finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Final Score: Miami 99, Philadelphia 79
Philadelphia, PA - Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 26 points as the Miami Heat used a dominant fourth quarter to take a 99-79 decision over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. LeBron James added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who rebounded from a 105-97 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday with their ninth straight regular season victory over Philadelphia. Thaddeus Young paced the Sixers with 16 points off the bench, while Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams contributed 13 points apiece as Philadelphia closed out a season-long, seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record.
Final Score: Detroit 88, Milwaukee 80
Auburn Hills, MI - The Pistons had lost a season-high seven straight entering Friday's matchup with the Bucks, who were in the midst of a season-long three-game win streak. Then, something gave. Behind a career-high 26 points from Brandon Knight, Detroit halted its slide with an 88-80 victory. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 13 points and nine boards. The Bucks, who were coming off of Wednesday's comeback win over the Heat, were paced by Brandon Jennings' 20 points. Shaun Livingston had 14 and Ersan Ilyasova chipped in nine and 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Minnesota 108, New Jersey 105
Newark, NJ - Luke Ridnour made the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:23 remaining, as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the New Jersey Nets, 108-105. Nikola Pekovic added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won three in a row on the road for the first time since April 3-8, 2009. Kevin Love also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Anthony Morrow ended with a career-high 42 points for the Nets, who have lost three of four. Morrow went 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Deron Williams tallied 12 points and 14 assists, while Kris Humphries added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Final Score: Boston 91, New York 89
Boston, MA - Ray Allen scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Boston Celtics take down the New York Knicks, 91-89. Paul Pierce ended with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who have won 10 in a row at home against New York. Kevin Garnett tallied 15 points and eight boards. Rajon Rondo had seven points, seven assists and five rebounds in his return to the lineup for Boston, which has won three straight. Rondo missed eight games with a right wrist injury. Carmelo Anthony ended with 26 points and six assists for the Knicks, who haven't won in Beantown since a 101-77 victory back on November 24, 2006. Tyson Chandler donated 20 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which has lost two in a row to fall to 8-15 on the season. Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 boards.
Final Score: Houston 99, Phoenix 81
Houston, TX - Kevin Martin led seven Houston players in double-digit scoring with 16 points, as the Rockets used their balanced attack to beat the Phoenix Suns, 99-81. Luis Scola had 14 points and eight rebounds for Houston, which halted a two-game slide. Chase Budinger, Patrick Patterson and Courtney Lee each contributed 12 points off the bench, while Chandler Parsons and Goran Dragic scored 10 points apiece. Marcin Gortat recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have dropped five of seven.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 101, Memphis 94
Oklahoma City, OK - Kevin Durant scored 36 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute, as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied late to take down the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-94, on Friday. Durant also had 10 rebounds -- all in the second half -- while James Harden netted 24 points and Russell Westbrook contributed 21 in the Thunder's second straight win and their sixth in their last seven contests. Marc Gasol paced the Grizzlies with 24 points and Rudy Gay netted 23 in Memphis' fifth loss in seven games.
Final Score: Indiana 98, Dallas 87
Dallas, TX - Paul George drained seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 98-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. David West finished with 20 points and six boards, while Danny Granger added 16 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who won in Dallas for the first time since January 9, 2004 -- a seven game skid. Darren Collison donated 13 points and six assists in the victory. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 30 points and seven rebounds, while Vince Carter contributed 14 points and five assists. Jason Terry added 10 points off the bench for the defending champs, who have lost two straight.