Final Score: Orlando 94, Milwaukee 85
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic dominated the final period to take a 94-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Dwight Howard finished with 26 points and 20 rebounds, while Ryan Anderson added 23 points for the Magic, who won their fourth straight. Carlos Delfino scored a team-high 16 points for Milwaukee, which shot just 20 percent in the fourth quarter to drop its fourth consecutive game. Ersan Ilyasova, Shaun Livingston and Brandon Jennings dropped in 14 points apiece in a losing effort.
Final Score: Miami 111, Cleveland 87
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James tried to soften the blow earlier this week of his once earth-shattering departure from Cleveland. On Friday night, the two-time league MVP came back to Ohio and led the Heat to their fifth straight blowout win on the road. James scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 in Miami's 111-87 victory at Quicken Loans Arena. Miami has won by at least 15 points in each of its last five contests. That includes a trio of victories in a three-night span. Earlier this week, when asked if he would play for the Cavaliers again after a brutal divorce from the team he was drafted by in 2003 James said, "you can't predict the future. And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me." The Heat never trailed and moved to 6-1 against the Cavaliers since James signed with Miami during the summer of 2010. That lone defeat came the last time the clubs faced off at the 'Q' last March 29, 102-90, but this time the Heat were firing on all cylinders and dominated from start to finish. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, while Mario Chalmers scored 14. Kyrie Irving scored 17 for the Cavaliers, who lost for the third time in four contests. They were without guards Daniel Gibson (sprained left ankle) and Anthony Parker (back spasms). Also, center Anderson Varejao (broken wrist) is out for at least six weeks.
Final Score: Detroit 114, Sacramento 108
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 36 points as the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Sacramento Kings 114-108 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince each added double-doubles, as Knight scored 23 to go with a career-high 10 assists and Prince netted 22 while pulling down 10 rebounds. The Pistons have now won two straight since dropping two in a row. DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with his 19th double-double this year, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 boards. Marcus Thornton added 24 points and Tyreke Evans chipped in 16 and nine assists for the Kings, who have lost their last four games.
Final Score: Minnesota 111, Houston 98
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Kevin Love had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic scored a career-high 30, as the Timberwolves downed the Rockets, 111-98, on Friday. Ricky Rubio added 18 points and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who have rebounded from a four-game slide with two straight wins. Chandler Parsons had 18 points for the Rockets. They were coming off of Wednesday's 96-95 win over the Thunder and have lost three of four overall. Kyle Lowry and Courtney Lee both added 17.
Final Score: Memphis 103, Denver 102
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Memphis saw its 23-point lead disappear in the second half, but Dante Cunningham's tip-in with 0.2 seconds left in the game lifted the Grizzlies to a 103-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Rudy Gay scored 20 points, O.J. Mayo had 17 and Marc Gasol added 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in the Grizzlies' third straight win and their fifth in six games. Corey Brewer scored all 26 of his points in second half while sinking five three-pointers to pace the Nuggets, but it was not enough for Denver to avoid its eighth loss in nine games.
Final Score: New Orleans 89, New York 85
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Trevor Ariza scored 25 points, Marco Belinelli had 17 and the New Orleans Hornets beat Jeremy Lin and the Knicks on Friday night, 89-85, to snap New York's seven-game winning streak. There wasn't any late-game magic in the cards for Lin and the Knicks, just 26 more points from the unexpected star, who stepped his play up in the second half after turning the ball over eight times in the first half. But Lin, who led the Knicks on their longest winning streak since last season, missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final minutes and saw two tough drives end without baskets after that. Amare Stoudemire also had 26 points with 12 rebounds, but the Knicks had a six-game winning streak against the Hornets snapped. Lin ended with five assists and nine turnovers.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 110, Golden State 87
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 25 points in a reserve role and Kevin Durant filled the stat sheet with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Oklahoma City's 110-87 rout of the Golden State Warriors. Russell Westbrook netted 18 points for the Thunder, who won for the third time in four games. Westbrook sprained his right ankle late in the third quarter. David Lee had 23 points to pace the Warriors, who lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak. Monta Ellis, who ended with 11 points, hyperextended his right knee late in the third.
Final Score: Dallas 82, Philadelphia 75
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, including 24 in the second half, as the Dallas Mavericks completed a comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 82-75, at Wells Fargo Center on Friday. Nowitzki's 24 points matched the second-half output of the entire Sixers team, marking the lowest points in a half for the Sixers in the 16-year history of Wells Fargo Center. Nowitzki also pulled down 12 rebounds and Vince Carter chipped in 10 points for the Mavericks, who were without Jason Terry (personal reasons) and Delonte West (broken right ring finger). Dallas has now won six straight contests. The Sixers bench did most of the heavy lifting as Nikola Vucevic led the way with 16 points, while Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams scored 14 and 12, respectively. Philadelphia has now dropped three straight at home for the first time since losing the final five home games of the 2009-10 campaign.
Final Score: Utah 114, Washington 100
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson scored 34 points with 12 rebounds and the Utah Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak with a 114-100 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Jazz also stopped a two-game slide to the Wizards, getting 14 points and 12 rebounds from Paul Millsap and 13 points off the bench from Alec Burks. John Wall scored 24 points to lead Washington and Jordan Crawford had 21, but the Wizards dropped their second straight and fell to 2-2 on a five-game road trip. The two straight losses have come after Washington defeated Detroit and Portland for its first back- to-back wins of the season.