NBA scores 2013: Derrick Rose hits game-winner, Chris Paul dominates

Jonathan Daniel

The Bulls topped the Knicks in thrilling fashion while Chris Paul and Stephen Curry put on a show.

The NBA slowed down its schedule after a busy Wednesday night of basketball feature TNT's featured Thursday slate. The Chicago Bulls held their home opener against the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers invited a Pacific Division rival in the Golden State Warriors to Staples Center.

It was a good night for point guard highlights.

Rose floats Bulls over Knicks, 82-81

Derrick Rose is back and the New York Knicks found out the hard way. The Chicago Bulls took a double-figures lead into the fourth quarter, but the Knicks outscored the Bulls, 20-11, in the final frame and took a one-point lead with 10.8 seconds left in the game. Then, Rose made this happen:

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Two games into his return Rose nailed a game-winning floater over Tyson Chandler. Thoughts, Spike Lee?

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Rose finished with a team-high 18 points. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 22 points but shot 8-of-24 from the floor. Anthony also had a chance to win the game after Rose nailed the floater but missed.

Chris Paul dominates in 125-118 victory over Warriors

Chris Paul and Stephen Curry are two of the NBA's best point guards and they put on a show to follow up the Bulls-Knicks game. Paul scored 42 points while dropping 15 assists, three of which were back-to-back-to-back alley oops to running mate Blake Griffin. Here's a sampling and proof that Lob City is alive and well:

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Thoughts, Mark Jackson?

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Cameras sure have a funny way of capturing people after key moments don't they?

The Clippers survived a 17-point fourth quarter from Stephen Curry, who was blistering hot from beyond the arc. Curry finished the night with 37 points, making nine of his 14 three-point attempts. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points and was a non-factor after dropping a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night.

Honorable mention goes to DeAndre Jordan. He grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and totaled a game-high 17 boards. Grade A glass cleaning from the Clippers big man.

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