Taj Gibson scored 17 points off the bench as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-75, on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gibson, one of eight Bulls to score in double-digits, was 8-of-11 from the field for Chicago, which came into the game off a loss against Miami on Thursday. Luol Deng had 14 points and five rebounds, while Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli scored 12 points apiece. Carlos Boozer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kemba Walker had a game-high 27 points for the Bobcats, who lost their second straight and 10 of their past 12 games. Walker was 9-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc.
Final Score: Indiana 114, Detroit 82
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - David West posted team-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds as the Indiana Pacers cruised to another blowout victory, this time crushing the Detroit Pistons, 114-82, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers have won eight of their last 10 and have taken their last three by a combined 90 points, including a 34-point win over the Knicks on Wednesday. Indiana passed New York in the Eastern Conference standings on Friday and sits alone in second place behind the Miami Heat. All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, while rookie reserve Orlando Johnson netted all 14 of his points in the first half. The Central Division leaders shot 56 percent from the floor, held Detroit to 35 percent shooting and led by as many as 43 points. Detroit had four players finish with double-digit scoring efforts, as Will Bynum led the way with 17 points.
Final Score: Toronto 100, New York 98
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay scored 26 of his season-high 32 points during the second half in his most prolific performance in a Toronto uniform, and the Raptors hung on down the stretch for a 100-98 victory over the sputtering New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan chipped in 18 points and Kyle Lowry had 15 along with seven assists for the resurgent Raptors, who are winners in six of their last seven outings and are 7-3 since acquiring Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 30. Carmelo Anthony matched Gay with a 32-point effort and helped rally the Knicks back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to grab a two-point lead with six minutes to go, but Lowry hit a clutch jumper with 28 seconds left to snap a 95-95 tie and the Raptors held on. The defeat was New York's fourth in a row, its longest losing streak since a six-game skid last March that triggered the dismissal of then- head coach Mike D'Antoni. J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire finished with 19 and 14 points, respectively, for the Knicks.
Final Score: Washington 119, Denver 113
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bradley Beal and Emeka Okafor led seven Washington players in double-figures as the Wizards used a balanced attack to take down the struggling Denver Nuggets, 119-113, on Friday at Verizon Center. Beal and Okafor each netted 17 points, while Okafor grabbed 13 rebounds and Beal had 12 boards and four assists for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, while John Wall added a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists in the victory. Ty Lawson had a game-high 27 points and 12 assists and Wilson Chandler registered 22 points for the Nuggets, who have lost four of their last five games.