Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a three-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers, who finally earned their first win of 2013 while ending their longest skid since February 2007. Howard went 9 for 11 despite his injured shoulder.
After Oklahoma City routed the Lakers 116-101 at Staples Center on Friday, a downbeat coach Mike D'Antoni told his players that "our season starts Sunday."
The lowly Cavaliers, who beat the Lakers last month, fell behind by 19 points in the first quarter.
Knicks 100, Hornets 87: Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and host New York ended a three-game slide. He missed seven of eight shots and had two points in the first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then outscored the Hornets by himself in the second period.
Anthony has been struggling to keep his energy up while fasting. He said he hasn't had any meats or carbs in 15 days, and that his body just felt "depleted out there. I usually do it just to get some clarity in my life and just spiritual reasons. I can't do it no more. I surrender."
Nets 97, Pacers 86: Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, and host Brooklyn rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to beat
Thunder 87, Trail Blazers 83: Kevin Durant had 33 points, and Oklahoma City snapped Portland's nine-game win streak at the Rose Garden. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, which played without Serge Ibaka (chest contusion) and Thabo Sefolosha (sore neck).
Spurs 106, Timberwolves 88: Tony Parker had 20 points as San Antonio extended its home win streak to 12 games. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 7:22 left after a double technical for arguing a foul call. The ejection sparked an 11-0 San Antonio run.
Bucks 107, Raptors 96: Brandon Jennings had 19 points and 10 assists, and visiting Milwaukee rallied from a 20-point first-quarter deficit to beat Toronto. The Bucks are 3-1 under new coach Jim Boylan.