A dominant performance from Carmelo Anthony guided the New York Knicks to a 108-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
A 16-0 run midway through the first quarter meant the Knicks had the platform to romp to a comfortable victory in the battle of the boroughs.
Anthony led the scorers with 28 points; Kristaps Porzingis (19 points) grabbed his tenth double-double of the NBA season while Arron Afflalo finished the game with 18 points to his name.
Kobe Bryant struggled in his fourth game since he announced his retirement plans as the Los Angeles Lakers fell to an 87-100 loss against the Atlanta Hawks.
Bryant finished the game with a disappointing 14 points, but he did produce one moment of magic when back-to-back three-pointers in the third quarter hauled the Lakers back into contention.
It wasn’t to be, though, as a 15-6 run from the Hawks closed the game out and means the Lakers have now lost eight of their last nine games.
Elsewhere, Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson were the stars of the show for the Detroit Pistons as they scored 23 points each in a 102-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
It was Detroit’s third victory in a row and their first win over the Bucks in their last five attempts.
An outstanding display from Bradley Beal helped the Washington Wizards to a narrow win over the Phoenix Suns in a game with 46 turnovers.
Washington had lost five of its last six games going into the encounter, but 34 points from the wonderful Beal guaranteed a 109-106 triumph.
The Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 with James Harden scoring 25 points after battling early on and was 3 of 12 in the first half before making 7 of 11 which included a four-pointer with seven seconds remaining.
For the Mavericks, Deron Williams scored 22 points with 6 assists.
In New Orleans, the Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108 in overtime with Anthony Davis getting 31 points with 12 rebounds and four steals after surviving a LeBron James fourth quarter surge.
In the extra period, Davis scored six points. Eric Gordon scored 19 points and Ryan Anderson got 18. The Pelicans led by 13 with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before the Cavs stormed back to lead with James scoring 21 of Cleveland's 24 points.
Jrue Holiday got New Orleans back into a tie with 8 seconds left when he scored a three-pointer. James, who scored 37 points, missed a chance to win the match by failing to score a 19-footer and he did not score in overtime missing twice.