friDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 98: Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, and Devin Harris hit the go-ahead shot in the final minute to help Dallas hold off Portland after blowing a 30-point lead. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter.

Knicks: Phil Jackson apparently doesn't want to coach the Knicks, but it's possible he can be convinced to join their front office. Newsday reported Jackson met with Knicks officials recently. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Knicks offered him a position in their front office. ESPN reported that Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met with Jackson, 68, about becoming the coach and that Jackson wasn't interested.

  • Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending New York to an easy 108-81 win over Utah.

    Nuggets 134, Lakers 126: The loss, Los Angeles' third straight and sixth in eight games, ensured the Lakers their first losing season since 2004-05.

  • Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with coach Mike D'Antoni and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss after Thursday's embarrassing 48-point loss to the rival Clippers, according to ESPN.com. The Lakers management is not ready to fire the coach, according to the report.

    Rockets 112, Pacers 86: James Harden had 28 points as Houston turned a three-point third-quarter lead into a 29-point advantage for its fourth consecutive win. David West had 15 points the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, losers of three straight for the first time this season.

    Raptors 99, Kings 87: Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead Toronto over Sacramento. Rudy Gay, who played his first game in Toronto since the Kings acquired him Dec. 9, had 15 points

    Grizzlies 85, Bulls 77: Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Memphis closed out a three-game road trip with its third victory in four games.

    Bucks: Forward Ersan Ilyasova has been suspended one game without pay for punching Kings forward Reggie Evans in the stomach on Wednesday.

    -- ASSOCIATED PRESS