After two practices and two games, Kobe Bryant already can see new coach Mike D'Antoni's ideas and schemes improving the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the host Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets 119-108 Sunday for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.
"We're just picking apart the defense," said Bryant, who also had three of Los Angeles' 10 steals. "We're putting the defense in predicaments where they have to choose, and we're making them pay."
Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers returned to .500 by running away from their second consecutive opponent since D'Antoni took over their practices.
D'Antoni still hasn't taken the court with his new team, however, deciding to delay his debut as he recovers from knee-replacement surgery. He watched from the locker room while interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff ran the bench.
Knicks 88, Pacers 76: Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds as host New York bounced back from its first loss to beat Indiana.
Neither team shot 40 percent, but the Knicks built a big early lead, went up by as much as 20 and were
"Offensively we were trying to find it, shots that we missed that we normally make," Anthony said. "But on the defensive end for us to be in sync the way we are right now, especially this early in the season, that's a good thing."
Blazers 102, Bulls 94: Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece and host Portland beat Chicago for its third win in a row.
Nets 99, Kings 90: Reserve forward Andray Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn past host Sacramento for its fifth consecutive victory.
The Nets (6-2) matched the team's best start since the 2002-03 season.
DeMarcus Cousins had 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Kings, who have lost five in a row.
Pistons 103, Celtics 83: Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Detroit past Boston for its first home win this season.
76ers 86, Cavaliers 79: Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists as host Philadelphia handed Cleveland its sixth consecutive loss.
Raptors 97, Magic 86: DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as host Toronto defeated Orlando.
Timberwolves: Point guard Ricky Rubio has started to do some light work in practice, an encouraging sign in his long rehabilitation from a torn ACL in his left knee.