CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Who doesn't enjoy playing fast-break basketball? It's fun, it's exciting, it's... dangerous if you're the Charlotte Bobcats.
ATLANTA _ Kyrie Irving felt good about the Cleveland Cavaliers' momentum entering Friday night's game at the Atlanta Hawks. Mike Brown had simplified the offense to quicken the pace, Irving thought Friday morning's shootaround was the best of the season and the Cavs had the chance to equal their longest winning streak over the past three years.
The long, painful wait and the guessing are over.
WASHINGTON _ Brandon Knight sank a pair of clutch shots to help the Milwaukee Bucks escape with a 109-105 overtime victory over Washington on Friday night at the Verizon Center.
ATLANTA _ Everything else is icing.
SACRAMENTO, Calif._There wasn't exactly discord in the Sacramento Kings' locker room following this loss. But the code words for problems that haunt bad teams were flowing.
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks both dropped in 19 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
NEW YORK _ The Orlando Magic started Friday night's game against the New York Knicks well.
HOUSTON _ Three nights after leading a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, Stephen Curry could do nothing but tightly grip the towel draped over his shoulders as the clock ticked down. Unlike the lowly Toronto Raptors, the rebuilt Houston Rockets weren't about to let the Golden State Warriors back into a game they gave away early.
The Trail Blazers put on a 3-point shooting clinic at the expense of the Jazz Friday at the Moda Center.
Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, Al Horford scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-89 Friday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The road woes continue for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jimmy Howard needed to make just 10 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Tomas Tatar posted a goal and an assist, while Joakim Andersson and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings, who have won five of their last six games. Andy Greene scored the only goal of the game for the Devils, who have lost three straight. Cory Schneider allowed all three goals on 21 shots.
Markieff Morrris hit his first 11 shot attempts and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors, 106-97, on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Kobe Bryant won't descend from the heavens Sunday, although he's known for arriving at Staples Center by helicopter. He won't be backlit by a shimmering aureole, nor will a John Williams-led orchestra strike up a dramatic score every time he records a, well, dramatic score.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and eight rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 109-95 on Friday night.
Dwight Howard totaled 22 points and 18 rebounds in the Houston Rockets 105-83 rout of the Golden State Warriors from Toyota Center.
Carmelo Anthony had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the New York Knicks routed the Orlando Magic, 121-83, from Madison Square Garden.
Jordan Crawford had 22 points and eight assists as the Boston Celtics topped the Denver Nuggets 106-98 on Friday night.
Khris Middleton netted a career-high 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks topped the injury-riddled Washington Wizards in overtime, 109-105, from Verizon Center.
Al Horford poured in 22 points to go with nine rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 108-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Jeff Taylor scored 20 points starting in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker contributed 18 points with 10 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-88, at Times Warner Cable Arena.
Hawks swingman Kyle Korver has set an NBA record by making a 3-pointer in his 90th straight game.
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic will miss his second straight game due to a sprained left ankle he suffered Monday in Washington after stepping on a cameraman's foot.
MINNEAPOLIS _ The Miami Heat are reaching for solutions amid increasing uncertainty that has Dwyane Wade as a sometimes proposition in the lineup.
Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will make his season debut Sunday against the Toronto Raptors after tearing the Achilles in his left leg nearly eight months ago.
The NBA fined Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for public criticism of officiating on Friday.
The NBA has fined Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Denver's 97-95 victory over the Knicks last week.
The Brooklyn Nets are taking embarrassment to whole new levels and sadly, the primary cause of this mortification is the leader of the team, head coach Jason Kidd.
If Kobe Bryant has LL Cool J in his Ipod, then the classic hit "Mama Said Knock You Out" can be found with a quick scroll.
The Golden State Warriors had enough time to rest from their improbable comeback earlier this week and will begin a three-game road trip Friday against the Houston Rockets.
The Oklahoma City Thunder stepped up to every challenge this season except their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Toronto Raptors have dropped a season-high four straight games and no loss was more disappointing than the opener of a three- game western trek earlier this week.
Kobe Bryant's return to the Los Angeles Lakers took a backseat and it's unknown when the five-time NBA champion will debut.
The Portland Trail Blazers have started a new winning streak and hope to keep the momentum going Friday versus the Utah Jazz in the continuation of a four-game homestand.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks won't have long to bask in their demolishing of the Brooklyn Nets as they welcome the Orlando Magic to Madison Square Garden Friday night.
The Denver Nuggets had a seven-game winning streak snapped last time out, so they will try to reclaim some momentum on this road trip, which continues Friday night against the Boston Celtics.
The Atlanta Hawks will try to become the third Eastern Conference team with a record over .500 Friday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena.