Philadelphia 76ers 121, Brooklyn Nets 120
Evan Turner hit a game-winner as time expired in overtime to lift the Sixers past the stumbling Nets.
Turner finished the night with 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Paul Pierce, who contributed 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists to lead Brooklyn, hit a long three-pointer to give the Nets a short-lived lead.
Sixers rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams returned to action after a 16-day layoff with a skin infection. He didn't seem to miss a beat, dropping 15 points and dishing out 10 assists; he also recorded three rebounds and three steals.
Philadelphia's win snaps a seven-game losing streak, all in Carter-Williams' absence. Brooklyn had won four of its last six before its slip up Friday night.
Miami Heat 122, Sacramento Kings 103
What is there to say? The Heat are the two-time defending champions coasting through the regular season and the Kings are a helpless bottom-feeding Western Conference team who can't seem to get out of its own way. Five players scored over 16 points for Miami and the team combined to shoot over 61 percent from the floor.
LeBron James had a relatively quiet night compared to his normal standards, with 18, eight assists and six rebounds, but he is a King for a reason. If poor Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore didn't know that then, he knows now.
(via Danny Martinez)
Atlanta Hawks 118, Utah Jazz 85
Utah never led, no Jazz player scored more than 13 points and the team shot a paltry 3-of-18 from downtown. They also turned the ball over 15 times and nobody shot over 50 percent from the floor. Trey Burke, who had been on a roll in his return from injury, struggled, scoring just two points on eight shots.
Atlanta was another story as it shot over 52 percent from the field. Lou Williams lead all scorers with 25 points off the bench and Al "Scoreford" chipped in 23 on 11-of-15 shooting.
Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Milwaukee Bucks 111
Weren't people worried about Kyrie Irving's slow start to the season? Well, he's done a pretty optimal job silencing those doubts, scoring over 30 points in three of the last five games. In his latest explosion, against the Bucks, Irving scored 39 and hit four late free-throws to ice the game in overtime.
We also caught a glimpse of Kyrie Irving, Rim Protector.
A Tristan Thompson tip-in with just under two seconds left tied the score and, accordingly, sent the game to overtime. O.J. Mayo had two potential game tying three-point attempts in the game's last 10 seconds, but was unable to hit either.
Charlotte Bobcats 116, Detroit Pistons 106
The Bobcats trailed by 14 points heading into the fourth quarter but Al Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in those final 12 minutes as Charlotte rallied back for a late stunner. Kemba Walker led all scores with 34 and Gerald Henderson chipped in 22. There's a new Big 3 brewing in Charlotte putting the league on notice. OK, total hyperbole there.
Detroit was outscored 41-17 and shot just 30 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter. It was led -- if you want to call it that -- by Brandon Jennings, who scored 26 points in the loss.
Indiana Pacers 114, Houston Rockets 81
The Pacers are awesome on defense -- we've come to know and accept that over the past few years -- and that defense was on full display against the Rockets. Touted statistically and aesthetically as one of the league's best offenses, Houston couldn't get anything going against Indiana, shooting just 38 percent from the floor and 18 percent from long range.
Indiana was led by Paul George, who finished the night with 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Lance Stephenson -- a walking triple-double alert -- contributed 16 points, six boards and six dimes. Dwight Howard recorded a valiant 19 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't nearly enough to challenge the mighty Pacers.
Oh, and George really threw some salt in the wound with this one:
Toronto Raptors 109, Dallas Mavericks 108
Six Raptors scored over 14 points and Kyle Lowry led the way with 20 as the Raptors pulled off probably the biggest shocker of the night. Overcoming a 19-point deficit isn't easy, especially against an offense as potent as the Mavericks, but that's just what Toronto did. Are they better without Rudy Gay in the long run? Yes, definitely. Are they better in the short run? It really seems like it. Lowry seems to like it, at least:
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and dished out 11 assists while Dirk Nowitizki dropped 22 and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Mavericks to slip past the surging Raptors.
The Morris twins and Gerald Green combined for 58 points off the bench to power the surprising Suns past the Nuggets. Up by 10 heading into the fourth quarter, Denver surrendered the lead late, shooting just 27 percent from the floor in the final 12 minutes.
Phoenix was led by Markieff Morris, who scored 25 points -- 10 in the four quarter -- and collected six rebounds. No one player for the Nuggets scored over 15 points and, as a team, they shot just 23 percent from long range.
Nick "Swag Mamba" Young led the Lakers with 25 points off the bench and Pau Gasol finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Los Angeles turned the ball over 19 times but shot 54 percent from the field in the win. Kevin Love finished the first half with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and made basically no impact in the second half.
The Lakers, at 13-13, are just one game back of the Warriors for the third spot in the Pacific Division. Minnesota's disappointing start to the season continues. After scorching to a 5-2 start, the Timberwolves are just 8-13 and would, again, miss the playoffs, if the season ended today.