Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert both had double-doubles but the Indiana Pacers had to scrape together a 99-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night despite a recent history of nearly unchecked success against them. It was Indiana's fifth straight win over Charlotte and 14th in their last 15 meetings. The Bobcats have dropped 10 straight in Indianapolis, but didn't go down without a fight. They trailed by two points when Hibbert's long defense in the paint led to Al Jefferson's miss off the backboard and George Hill's free throws for a 98-94 lead with 15.1 seconds remaining. Hibbert, who had 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, was also a factor in Kemba Walker's missed reverse layup try on Charlotte's next possession. Paul George made another free throw and Josh McRoberts missed a 3-point try at the other end as the Pacers avoided a let down after Tuesday's win over the Miami Heat. Stephenson had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers, who are 11-0 at home. David West added 14 points and Hill scored 13. Jefferson scored 21 and Walker and Ramon Sessions netted 13 apiece for the Bobcats. who started a stretch of four games in six nights.
Final Score: Cleveland 109, Orlando 100
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving poured in 31 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-100 victory over the Orlando Magic. Dion Waiters scored 21 and Anderson Varejao had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which will face the Heat Saturday. Victor Oladipo netted 26, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo had 17 points apiece for the Magic, who will travel to Oklahoma City Sunday to play the Thunder. Andrew Nicholson scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Toronto 108, Philadelphia 100
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan netted a game-high 27 points, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-100, on Friday at Air Canada Centre. Terrence Ross registered a season-high 24 points, while Amir Johnson supplied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won two of their last three games on the heels of a five-game slide. Evan Turner tallied 21 points and 10 boards, while Tony Wroten scored a team- high 23 points for the Sixers, who have dropped 10 straight on the road.
Final Score: Atlanta 101, Washington 99 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Horford tied a career-high with 34 points, including the game-winning jumper as time expired in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards for the 11th straight time at Philips Arena, 101-99, on Friday night. Paul Millsap scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, Kyle Korver also netted 16, and Jeff Teague added 12 points and seven assists. Trevor Booker had 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Martell Webster and John Wall scored 15 and 13, respectively, for Washington, which hasn't won in Atlanta since Jan. 11, 2008.
Final Score: Boston 90, New York 86
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jared Sullinger had 19 points and six rebounds, while Courtney Lee chipped in 18 points as the Boston Celtics topped the New York Knicks 90-86 on Friday night. Avery Bradley netted 13 points to go with six rebounds for Boston, which has won four of its last six games. Carmelo Anthony poured in 26 points and Andrea Bargnani added 22 points, seven boards and four assists for the Knicks, who were unable to avenge Sunday's embarrassing 114-73 loss to Boston at Madison Square Garden. The margin of defeat was the third largest in MSG history.
Final Score: Detroit 103, Brooklyn 99
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond both recorded double-doubles as the Detroit Pistons held off the Brooklyn Nets for a 103-99 win at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Monroe finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Drummond added 22 points and 13 boards. Rodney Stuckey poured in 17 points, while Kyle Singler and Josh Smith added 16 and 10 points, respectively for the Pistons, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Deron Williams scored 22 points while Andray Blatche scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Nets, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Mirza Teletovic added 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range in the setback.
Final Score: New Orleans 104, Memphis 98
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Gordon scored 25 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Memphis 104-98 on Friday to end the Grizzlies' five-game road winning streak. Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 12 assists and Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Pelicans, who went over .500 for the second time this season (11-10) after a 2-2 homestand. The starting backcourt of Gordon and Holiday combined to shoot 17-of-26 in the game (65.4 percent). Jon Leuer scored 19 points off the bench to lead Memphis. Mike Conley added 18 and Zach Randolph scored 13 with 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost three in a row to New Orleans.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 122, LA Lakers 97
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored a game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-97, on Friday. Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook each posted a double-double, with Ibaka netting 19 points and grabbing 10 boards, while Westbrook tallied 19 points, handed out 12 assists, and pulled down eight rebounds in the win. Reggie Jackson chipped in 19 points off the bench for the Thunder, who improved to 11-0 at home with their 13th win in their last 14 games. The Lakers, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3 since the return of superstar Kobe Bryant, who finished with 13 assists, but turned the ball over seven times and managed just four points in a little over 23 minutes. Nick Young nailed four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 17 points for Los Angeles, which has allowed 100 or more points in six straight games.
Final Score: Chicago 91, Milwaukee 90
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Dunleavy's go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left lifted the Chicago Bulls to a 91-90 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Noah filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals for Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide. Boozer added 14 points and 12 boards and Butler netted 16 points in the victory. John Henson had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have dropped five of their last seven tilts.
Final Score: Utah 103, Denver 93
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Gordon Hayward poured in a game-high 30 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists to help the Utah Jazz to a 103-93 win over the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Derrick Favors added 19 points and six rebounds and Richard Jefferson finished with 14 points on 3- of-3 shooting from 3-point range for the Jazz, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid. Jordan Hamilton and Wilson Chandler both had 17 points and Timofey Mozgov added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 6-3 at home this season. Denver was 38-3 at Pepsi Center last season.
Final Score: Phoenix 116, Sacramento 107
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic drained four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 29 points, as the Phoenix Suns spoiled Rudy Gay's Sacramento debut with a 116-107 triumph over the Kings on Friday at US Airways Center. Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 28 points and handed out eight assists, while Miles Plumlee supplied 12 points and nine rebounds to help the Suns extended their season-high win streak to four games. Gay, acquired in a trade with Toronto on Monday, scored 24 points, while Isaiah Thomas led the way with 29 points for the Kings, who have lost two straight and eight of their last 10 games. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 15 points and 16 boards in the setback.
Final Score: Houston 116, Golden State 112
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden had 26 points and nine assists as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-112 on Friday night. Dwight Howard sank all seven of his foul shots and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, which has won three of its last four games. Chandler Parsons netted 23 points in the triumph. David Lee tallied 23 points and 10 rebounds and Stephen Curry had 20 points and nine assists for the Warriors, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six tilts.