Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Sleep Train Arena.
NEW YORK: No Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook? No problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With Durant, who is leading the NBA in scoring at 31 points per game, nursing a bruised right shoulder and Westbrook out after knee surgery, the Thunder flashed the rest of their weapons and cruised to a 101-83 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The win was the sixth straight and seventh in the last eight games for the Thunder (34-10).
Forward Serge Ibaka had 21 points and seven rebounds and swingman Jeremy Lamb came off the bench with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the Thunder.
The New York Knicks, with forward Carmelo Anthony scoring a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, finally won a game during their current eight-game home stand as they demolished the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96.
The Knicks (16-27) were able to snap their five-game losing streak, including the last three at the Garden, due mainly to Anthony.
The All-Star’s 62 points were the most points ever scored in the current edition of the Garden.
Anthony was torrid from the start as he notched the franchise’s single-quarter high with 20 points in the opening stanza, only to top that by finishing the first half with a league-best 37 points.
His performance broke small forward Bernard King’s mark of 60 points by a Knick and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points by any player on the Garden floor.
Forward Blake Griffin tallied 26 points and 13 rebounds as the hot-shooting Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-95.
The Clippers (30-15) knocked down 10 of their first 11 attempts from three-point range and the Bulls never got closer than eight points after falling behind 41-26 in the first quarter.
Guard Jamal Crawford added 19 points, guard J.J. Redick scored 18 and guard Darren Collison finished with 17. Forward Carlos Boozer led the Bulls (21-21) with 22 points.
San Antonio used the inside-out punch of center Tim Duncan and guard Patty Mills to prey on the injury-depleted Atlanta Hawks and take a 105-79 win.
The 6-foot-11 Duncan scored 17 points and had 16 rebounds for his 17th double-double and Australian Mills scored 18 points, including a career-best six three-pointers, as the Spurs swept the season series against Atlanta.
Atlanta (22-20) was led by forward Paul Millsap with 15 points and eight rebounds.
San Antonio (33-10) also got 18 points from forward Boris Diaw and 11 points and seven assists from guard Tony Parker.
Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons set an NBA record for three-pointers in one half but the Memphis Grizzlies relied on their defence late and held on for an 88-87 victory.
Grizzlies forward James Johnson converted a reverse layup with 1:58 remaining to give Memphis (21-20) an 88-84 lead. Parsons followed with his 10th trey, setting the franchise record and capping his career-best 34-point night to close the deficit to one point.
But Parsons missed a three with 1:13 remaining as Houston mishandled several scoring opportunities, including a desperation Patrick Beverley trey at the buzzer.
Forward Tobias Harris had 28 points and 20 rebounds, both season highs, to lead the Orlando Magic to a 114-105 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
It was the 11th consecutive game the once-proud Lakers (16-28) have allowed at least 100 points.
They have lost nine of their last 11 games and it was just the second time this season the Magic (12-32) won when an opponent scored 100 or more.
Magic guard Arron Afflalo had 23 points while the Lakers were led by center Pau Gasol, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95.
Lowry, a Philadelphia native and Villanova University graduate, finished with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (22-20), who won their second straight and ended a four-game road losing streak.
Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points to lead Philadelphia (14-29), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
Guard Eric Gordon’s layup in the final second gave the New Orleans Pelicans a 103-101 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Guard Anthony Morrow scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Pelicans (17-25), who trailed by 16 late in the third quarter.
Gordon and guard Austin Rivers added 15 points apiece and forward Anthony Davis chipped in 14.
Point guard Brandon Jennings scored 22 of his game-high 28 points during the second half to carry the Pistons (17-26), who have lost eight of their last nine home games.
A career-high 34 points from forward Mirza Teletovic was just enough to ensure the Brooklyn Nets are still the hottest team in January.
A 107-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks helped improve the Nets to 9-1 in 10 games this month.
Teletovic single-handedly kicked a sluggish game into gear and gave his side its insurmountable lead with a big-time second quarter.
The Bosnian hit his first three, three-pointers, all in succession, as he posted 24 points in the frame, including a career-high 19 in his first six minutes.
Center Anderson Varejao had a game-high 16 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 93-78 victory over the hapless Milwaukee Bucks.
Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 21st double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (16-27).
Guard Kyrie Irving posted his fifth double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and three rebounds.
Swingman Khris Middleton had a team-high 13 points for the Bucks (8-34).
Forward Trevor Ariza scored 23 points and guard Bradley Beal had nine points in the fourth quarter, including two late baskets, as the Washington Wizards held Phoenix to 38 points in the second half and beat the Suns 101-95.
Guard John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists and forward Nene added 18 points as the Wizards forced 21 turnovers, seven in the third quarter, and pulled out a game that featured 19 lead changes with neither team ahead by more than eight points.
Guard Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns and forward Channing Frye added 16, including 12 in the first half of the first quarter.