The Atlantic division remains one of the toughest in the league. It is the only division in the NBA that has four teams with seven wins or more.
The Houston Rockets handed the New York Knicks (8-3) their third loss of the season on Friday, in a 131-103 pummeling. James Harden led Houston with 33 points and nine assists, and Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 31. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 37 points, but he also had seven turnovers. This was Jeremy Lin's first game against his former team.
The Brooklyn Nets (7-4) notched an impressive 86-76 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Brooklyn trailed by seven going into halftime, but they held Los Angles to 29 points in the second half. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were scoreless in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers scored just 13 points. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points, adding five rebounds and three blocks.
Around the Atlantic division, the Boston Celtics picked up a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-100. With the win, Boston moved to 7-6 this season. The Toronto Raptors lost a heartbreaker to the Detroit Pistons, 91-90. The Raptors are now 3-10 on the year.