NBA: Anthony scores 25 points as Knicks hold off Thunder

In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder would be playing their fifth straight game since former League MVP Kevin Durant injured his left hamstring, and hoping All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook could carry them to their third win in that stretch, but the visiting New York Knicks would head into OKC with Carmelo Anthony ready to reel off a vintage scoring performance and help his team rattle off their third straight win.

Melo looking to help New York build on an early lead, and he gets the up-and-under to go to put the Knicks in front by five. And the visitors continue to look inside, Jerian Grant finds Robin Lopez on the broken play -- and the New York centre gets with the hoop and the harm, but he would finish with just seven points.

Westbrook then works to bring Oklahoma City back with the long jumper over seven-foot rookie Kristaps Porzingis, and that cuts the deficit to four.

But after half-time, Jose Calderon finds the lanky Latvian for the breakaway dunk to increase New York's lead to eight. Calderon wanted a foul called as well.

Melo then calls for the ball in crunch time and hits over Dion Waiters, and the Knickerbockers forward would have 25 on the night as he team is in front by 8.

But with less than 20 seconds to go, Westbrook drives to the rack and cuts the gap to four, part of a 34-point evening for the OKC guard.

And the hosts soon cut it to three, giving Westbrook a chance to tie the score from way downtown, but that shot is way off. Waiters runs down the rebound with just over five seconds remaining, drives to the three-point line, and puts up a shot that rattles in and out, and the Knicks hold on.

In Friday's other games, Detroit and Toronto got into the win column, Brandon Knight had 38 points and 11 rebounds as Phoenix outscored Denver, Deron Williams scored 23 to lead Dallas past Utah, and Portland topped the Clippers.

Elsewhere, Steph Curry's 27 points helped reigning champions Golden State improve to 14-0, Boston, Charlotte, and New Orleans picked up victories, and Mike Conley had 26 points while Marc Gasol added a triple-double as Memphis beat Houston.