Knicks blow out the Nets in battle for New York
NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 19 and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-91 on Friday night to get back to .500.
Arron Afflalo added 18 points for the Knicks (10-10), who dominated lowly Philadelphia and Brooklyn in their past two games after a four-game losing streak. They reclaimed city bragging rights with ease, leading by as much as 31 points.
"That was a nightmare," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "I guess everyone can quit talking about rivalries. We didn't come ready to compete early, and they jumped on us."
Brook Lopez scored 21 points, and Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.
•YOUTHFUL STAR: Anthony Davis finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds, his 55th game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, sixth-most in NBA history for a player before his 23rd birthday. That effort helped the host Pelicans to a 114-108 overtime victory over the Cavs.
•SLOW START, STRONG FINISH: James Harden opened 3-for-12 but made seven of his last 11 shots to finish with 25 points and help the Rockets top the host Mavericks 100-96.
•NO SHORTAGE OF TURNOVERS: After 46 combined turnovers, the host Wizards beat the Suns 109-106.
•FAMILY EMERGENCY: Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat traveled home to Poland because of a family emergency and will miss at least two games. Gortat missed Friday's game against Phoenix, and the team said he will miss Sunday's game vs. Dallas.
•CHANDLER STILL OUT: The Suns were without center Tyson Chandler for the fourth straight game because of a strained hamstring. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he hoped Chandler would return within the next few games.
•1-2 PUNCH: The host Pistons got 17 points and 23 rebounds from Andre Drummond while Reggie Jackson added 23 points to beat the Bucks 102-95.
•CRUISE CONTROL: No starter played more than 34 minutes for the host Hawks in their 100-87 victory over the Lakers, who got a double-double from rookie D'Angelo Russell (16 points, 10 rebounds).