NBA scores: The Knicks bounce back, Kevin Durant goes off

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Also, the Pacers and Bulls are pretty good at this defense thing. We look at the scores from a busy Friday night.

New York Knicks 101, Charlotte Bobcats 91

The Tyson Chandler-less Knicks bounced back nicely in the first game without its defensive anchor. Andrea Bargnani, who started for Chandler at center, scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots. Carmelo Anthony -- now back at the power forward position he torched teams at last year -- dropped 28, collected eight boards and dished out six assists.

The Bobcats hit 20 more free throws than the Knicks, which is mostly the reason they were in the game.

Indiana Pacers 91, Toronto Raptors 84

BREAKING: NBA teams do not score many points against the Indiana Pacers. OK, that's not really breaking but, uhh, yeah, teams don't score against the Pacers. The Raptors jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter but scored just 13 points in the second and 14 points in the third.

Rudy Gay shot 26 shots! But he scored 30 and finished with a plus-three plus-minus ratio. Rooting for you, Rudy.

Boston Celtics 91, Orlando Magic 89

Six Celtics scored double-figures as Boston ended Orlando's three-game winning streak. If you like ugly basketball (you probably don't), then you would love this game (you probably didn't!) Neither time shot 40 percent from the field and 31 turnovers were committed in all.

The Magic out-uglied the Celtics and therefore lost the game.

Philadelphia 76ers 94, Cleveland Cavaliers 79

The Sixers improved to 4-2 behind 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from Evan Turner. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams continued filling the box score, this time to the tune of 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

The Cavaliers were, uhh, on the floor. But they shot just 33.3 percent. Tristan Thompson dropped 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots.

Washington Wizards 112, Brooklyn Nets 108

The Nets outrebounded the Wizards 51-36, but Washington bested Brooklyn in overtime to win its second straight game. John Wall posted 17 points and 14 assists and Bradley Beal netted 29 points. Six Nets players scored in double figures but the Wizards ran away with the win in overtime.

Oklahoma City Thunder 119, Detroit Pistons 110

Kevin Durant did Kevin Durant things. The superstar finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on 15 shots from the floor. Russell Westbrook added 20 points of his own and rookie big man Steven Adams posted 17 points and 10 boards from the bench.

Josh Smith led the way for the Pistons with 25 points and Greg Monroe dropped 20 points and pulled in 15 rebounds.

Chicago Bulls 97, Utah Jazz 73

The Bulls are, like the Pacers, apparently very good at defense. That, or the Jazz are awful at offense. Or both. Both are probably true.

Utah shot 29.4 percent from the floor and Chicago shot over 50 percent. That's probably all you need to know. Well, Luol Deng flirted with a triple-double, posting 19 points, 11 boards and nine assists. So there's that.

Minnesota Timberwolves 116, Dallas Mavericks 108

The Timberwolves are a fun team to watch. We've established that, right? On Friday Kevin Love and Kevin Martin (The Kevins, that's a name that needs to stick) both scored 32 points. Both hit three triples and the former collected 15 rebounds and dished out eight assists.

Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 23 points. The problem is it took him 24 shots to get there.

New Orleans Pelicans 96, Los Angeles Lakers 85

This is Anthony Davis' world, we're all just living in it. The second-year big an dropped 32 points, 12 rebounds and blocked six shots in the Pelicans' win. Davis is averaging 23 points and 11.5 rebounds on the year. It's almost as if the No. 1 pick from a year ago has a bright future in this league. Or something. Also, this happened:

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Chris Kaman led the Lakers with 16 points which is not a recipe for success.

San Antonio Spurs 76, Golden State Warriors 74

The Warriors high-powered offense was stopped dead in its tracks by a stifling Spurs defense. Golden State was without Steph Curry, who injured his ankle in the third quarter of Wednesday night's win over the Timberwolves.

Tony Parker led the way for San Antonio with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Phoenix Suns 114, Denver Nuggets 103

Denver scored 40 points in the third quarter but managed just 16 in the fourth en route to its fourth loss of the season. Lawson posted a game-high 29 points but it wasn't enough to get past the scrappy Suns.

Markieff Morris dropped 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Phoenix to its fourth win of the season. There were experts who weren't sure if the Suns would win four wins total.

Portland Trail Blazers 104, Sacramento Kings 91

Damian Lillard, last season's Rookie of the Year flirted with a triple-double, dropping 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against the Kings. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 20 and Wes Matthews added 18 of his own.

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the paint with 35 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.

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