NBA Wrap: Knicks fall into season-worst skid

NBA Wrap: Knicks fall into season-worst skid
February 22, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Right now, the Sixers will not stray away from the Andrew Bynum plan, according to general manager Tony DiLeo.

“We have Plan A and I think everyone knows what A stands for. And we have Plan B and we don’t know,” DiLeo said (see story).

Speaking of Bynum, here are four scenarios for the Sixers resolving the conundrum with their big man (see story).

Now, here's a review of Friday's action around the NBA:
 
Knicks drop fourth straight
TORONTO -- Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat New York 100-98 on Friday night, handing the slumping Knicks their season-worst fourth straight loss.

Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Amir Johnson 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.

Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, winless since beating Minnesota on Feb. 8.

Amare Stoudemire scored 14 points and Raymond Felton added 10 for New York, which rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with 6:11 left (see full recap).

Warriors rally past Spurs
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds, David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 107-101 in overtime Friday night to snap a 16-game losing streak in the series.

Stephen Curry finished with 18 points and six assists to carry the short-sleeve-wearing Warriors from 13 points down in the fourth quarter. Golden State, also playing without center Andrew Bogut, hadn't won against San Antonio since another overtime game at home -- all the way back on Jan. 7, 2008.

Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the NBA-leading Spurs, who had won five straight and 16 of 17 overall. San Antonio fell to 6-2 on its rodeo trip (see full recap).

Kobe scores 40 in Lakers' win
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers capped a trying week with a gritty 111-107 victory over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Hours after longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss was buried, and a day after a moving memorial service punctuated by eulogies from Bryant and other franchise greats, the team got back to basketball with a much-needed victory at Staples Center.

Bryant scored 11 points in the final 5 minutes and the Lakers won for the seventh time in 10 games. They remained ninth in the Western Conference playoff race, 3 games behind Houston for the final spot with 26 remaining. Portland trails Los Angeles by 1 games (see full recap).

Bulls blast lowly Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and the Chicago Bulls beat Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats 105-75 Friday night.

With Jordan looking on from the end of the Charlotte bench, the Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Jordan, the Bobcats' owner and former Bulls star, left his seat with about 3 minutes left in the first half and didn't return.

The Bulls had failed to score 100 points in their previous six games and were held to 67 by Miami on Thursday night, but found their groove against the NBA-worst Bobcats (see full recap).

Wizards hold off Nuggets
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards put on one of their best offensive shows of the season Friday night, putting seven players in double figures while taking down another contending team with a 119-113 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who never trailed but had an 18-point fourth-quarter lead cut to two in the final minute. Bradley Beal had 17 points and a career-high 12 boards, Trevor Ariza scored 16 points and Martell Webster had 15.

Washington broke a two-game losing streak and added another example to its knack for knocking off top teams while sitting near the bottom of the NBA standings (see full recap).

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