Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and the New York Knicks improved their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0 with a 104-94 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Reserve J.R. Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team in the NBA. They hadn't been perfect after four games since the 1993-94 team started 7-0 en route to the NBA finals.
O.J. Mayo scored 23 points for the Mavericks, whose winning streak was snapped at three games. The Mavericks were without injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.
Spurs 97, Kings 86: Reserve Patty Mills scored 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting as San Antonio won in Sacramento.
"He was real big; he helped us get this win," coach Gregg Popovich said of Mills, a former Saint Mary's star. "We needed points from other players, and Patty got it done for us."
Nuggets 104, Jazz 84: Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and host Denver pulled away to beat Utah.
Timberwolves 96, Pacers 94: Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting Minnesota over Indiana in Minneapolis.
Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy did not return after halftime because of a sore right knee, an ominous sign for the veteran with a history of knee issues.
Grizzlies 93, Rockets 85: Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Rudy Gay hit a key basket with 1:03 left as host Memphis defeated Houston.
Heat 95, Hawks 89: LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off Atlanta.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat out because of a cold.
76ers 106, Celtics 100: Evan Turner scored 25 points and Philadelphia held off several fourth-quarter rallies to beat host Boston.
Hornets 107, Bobcats 99: Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion as host New Orleans defeated Charlotte.
Thunder 105, Pistons 94: Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points as host Oklahoma City defeated Detroit.