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The Eastern Conference's top two teams lost on Friday, while the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to 16 games.
After coming back from a 27-point deficit, the New York Knicks were in position to win on Friday night in Sacramento. Unfortunately for the Knicks, James Johnson drained a three-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Kings past the Knicks, 106-105.
Only two games took place on Thursday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 111-105, in a Western Conference tilt, while the Los Angeles Clippers demolished the Boston Celtics, 106-77.
Elsewhere on Friday, the Brooklyn Nets moved past the .500 mark and improved to 15-14 with a 97-81 win over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Blake Griffin and the Clippers won their 16th-straight game, with a thrilling 116-114 win over the Utah Jazz.
In one of the biggest upsets on Friday, the Detroit Pistons knocked off LeBron James and the Miami Heat, 109-99 -- despite James' 35 points, six rebounds and five assists. Unfortunately, the Knicks weren't able to take advantage of Miami's loss.
Next 5 Games
|Portland||Tue 01/01||7:30 PM EST|
|San Antonio||Thu 01/03||7:30 PM EST|
|@ Orlando||Sat 01/05||7:00 PM EST|
|Boston||Mon 01/07||7:30 PM EST|
|@ Indiana||Thu 01/10||8:00 PM EST|
Last 5 Games
|@ Sacramento||Fri 12/28||L 105 - 106|
|@ Phoenix||Wed 12/26||W 99 - 97|
|@ Los Angeles Lakers||Tue 12/25||L 94 - 100|
|Minnesota||Sun 12/23||W 94 - 91|
|Chicago||Fri 12/21||L 106 - 110|