Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Antonio McDyess added 14 Friday night to help Detroit hand the Los Angeles Clippers their first loss, 103-79.
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds, Jameer Nelson added 24 points and 10 assists, and the Magic completed a perfect four-game road trip with a 112-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian each had their share of highlights in the much-anticipated first matchup of the country’s greatest player and its top rising star, and Yao’s Houston Rockets beat Yi’s Milwaukee Bucks 104-88 on Friday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 12 consecutive Nuggets points Friday night in a third quarter in which the home team was booed off the court, leading Denver to a 118-92 victory that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 19 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 23 and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-83 Friday night, their third blowout win of a season in which they’re off to their best start in 20 years.
Emeka Okafor had 25 points and 23 rebounds, Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and the Charlotte Bobcats rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 96-87 Friday night.
Tyrus Thomas helps Bulls to first win, 97-93 over Pistons
If only Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had showed this much poise the last time they visited Golden State.
Richard Jefferson scored 25 points, including two game-winning free throws with 24 seconds to play, and the New Jersey Nets rallied for an 87-85 victory over the winless Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
Martell Webster and Jarrett Jack each scored 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers earned their first victory of the season by beating the previously undefeated New Orleans Hornets 93-90 on Wednesday night.
Veterans told Kevin Durant there would be nights like this. And just about everybody told the rookie’s SuperSonics there would be a season like this.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points, Kevin Garnett added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics shot 72 percent during an overpowering first half en route to a 119-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.