Nets win the battle of New York

Deron Williams scored a season-high 29 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 110-99 on Friday night in the first meeting between the city rivals.

Brook Lopez added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the Nets. The Knicks had won the last three meetings here, but the Nets clearly looked like the best team in the Big Apple on this night.

Williams had only one 30-point game all last season, when the former All-Star battled ankle injuries. But he looked back in his old form while dancing around the Knicks for 10-of-15 shooting and six assists.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points but shot 5 of 20 for the Knicks, who dropped their third in a row. The Nets made their first five 3-pointers in racing to a 30-20 lead after one quarter. They shot only 5 of 17 overall in the second, but still pushed their lead to 55-42 at halftime.

A 9-2 burst out of the locker room made it 64-44 on a three-point play by Lopez, and the Nets were comfortably ahead from there.

Rose sits out of Bulls win

Derrick Rose did not play for the Chicago Bulls in Friday night’s 118-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said, “He’s feeling a little bit better but not good enough to go.” Thibodeau said Rose is still day-to-day. He would not rule the star point guard out of Saturday night’s game against the Boston Celtics.

Rose also did not participate in Friday’s morning shootaround after tweaking his sprained ankles in Wednesday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucksnba-logo.

Mike Dunleavy scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 23 and the Chicago Bulls held off a furious Philadelphia 76ers rally to win their fourth straight game at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia outscored Chicago 39-26 in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to one on a Chris Johnson three-pointer with five seconds left. Kirk Hinrich then made a pair of free throws, and Johnson misfired on a heave near midcourt to end the game.

Pau Gasol chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Cleveland outlast Nuggets

Cleveland: Cleveland found its best offensive flow of the season and ended a two-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Nuggets. If ball movement and player movement were focal points for the Cavaliers, consider the effort a success after a week of heavy criticism.

The Cavaliers had seven assists on their first eight baskets against Denver, after recording just six assists on 30 baskets in Wednesday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. LeBron James, who played a lot at point guard, had six assists in the first quarter.

Cleveland, which entered the game last in assists per game, had 25 assists on 40 baskets, and seven players scored in double figures, led by James who had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Results: Memphis Grizzles 91 Oklahoma City Thunder 89; Washington Wizards 84 Toronto Raptors 103; Milwaukee Bucks 95 Detroit Pistons 98; New York Knicks 99 Brooklyn Nets 110; Indiana Pacers 98 Boston Celtics 101; Chicago Bulls 118 Philadelphia 76ers 115; Atlanta Hawks 119 Charlotte Bobcats 122; Minnesota Timberwolves 103 Orlando Magic 112; Sacramento Kings 114 Phoenix Suns 112; Dallas Mavericks 105 Utah Jazz 85; Cleveland Cavaliers 110 Denver Nuggets 101

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Vishnu Ravi Shankar
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