Shannon Brown set career highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds while starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors, 104-94, last night in Los Angeles.
Andrew Bynum added 21 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games because of a bruised right hip that still gives him discomfort. He was 8 for 11 from the field in 30 minutes.
Brown made his third start and had his first career double double, scoring 8 points in the final 1:13 while Bryant sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.
Bulls 118, Knicks 85 - Derrick Rose made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead host Chicago past New York.
Achy after getting knocked to the court on a foul by Orlando’s Dwight Howard last week, he shook it off with a dominant performance as the Bulls matched their most lopsided win of the season and handed the Knicks their fourth straight loss and 13th in 17 games.
Thunder 99, Mavericks 86 - Kevin Durant had 25 points and 14 rebounds, rookie reserve James Harden added 17 points and host Oklahoma City beat new-look Dallas to stretch its winning streak to seven games.
Caron Butler scored 13 points and helped Dallas build an early 12-point lead after coming over in a weekend trade from Washington, but he finished 4 for 16 from the field.
Suns 109, Grizzlies 95 - Jason Richardson scored 27 points, Amar’e Stoudemire added 21 points and 10 rebounds as visiting Phoenix won its sixth game in the last seven.
Richardson was 12 of 17 from the field in the Suns’ fifth straight road victory. Robin Lopez finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Heat 105, 76ers 78 - Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Miami cruised to victory in Philadelphia.
Nets 103, Bobcats 94 - Courtney Lee scored 21 points, Devin Harris added 17 and New Jersey never trailed in beating host Charlotte for only its fifth win of the season.
Trail Blazers 109, Clippers 87 - Martell Webster scored 28 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 as host Portland cruised over Los Angeles.
Jazz 104, Rockets 95 - Deron Williams scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists, Mehmet Okur scored 21 points and visiting Utah continued its midseason surge with a victory over Houston.
Pistons 108, Timberwolves 85 - Jonas Jerebko led a balanced offense with 21 points and Detroit pulled away in the second half to beat Minnesota in Auburn Hills, Mich.