Woodson’s men make it two wins in two nights.
There were ten games on the NBA schedule on Friday night, with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers amongst the biggest winners.
Fresh from their thumping of rivals the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, the Knicks returned to Madison Square Garden hoping to end a seven-game losing streak.
It was the Knicks’ first win at home since October, and with it they proved that the victory over the Nets was no fluke and that they appear to finally be getting their championship hats back on.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and revealed after the game that his team felt as though it was a matter of time before things began to fall into place.
“We got tired of losing. Whether we figured everything out in two games, that’s yet to come, but we’ll take these two wins,” Anthony told reporters.
Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith each added 17 points on the night, as the Knicks returned to their philosophy from last season as they made a season-high 17 3-pointers during the win.
Now 5-13 for the season, the Knicks move ahead of the Nets and out of last place in the Atlantic Division, and will hope to extend their winning streak when they take on the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Elsewhere, there was also a blow-out win for the Portland Trail Blazers who secured a 130-98 victory over the Utah Jazz.
LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points), Damian Lillard (21 points) and Wesley Matthews (24 points) did the majority of the damage for the hosts, as they now move to 17-3 for the season and remain at the top of the Western Conference.
They were joined in the win column by both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets who registered impressive wins on Friday night to keep the pressure on at the top of the West.
While the Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, both James Harden and Dwight Howard inflicted another defeat on the Golden State Warriors who have been disappointingly inconsistent so far this year.
Meanwhile, with Kobe Bryant confirmed as to make his comeback on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, the Los Angeles Lakers ended their time without their influential leader with a 106-100 win over the Sacramento Kings.
The Mamba will be a welcome boost for coach Mike D’Antoni, as the Lakers will undoubtedly now have aspirations of making the playoffs and potentially enjoying a post-season run.
History was also made on Friday night, as Atlanta Hawks star Kyle Korver made it 90 consecutive games shooting a three-pointer during their comfortable win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Philadelphia 88-105 Charlotte Bobcats
Milwaukee Bucks 109-105 Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers 89-108 Atlanta Hawks
Denver Nuggets 98-106 Boston Celtics
Orlando Magic 83-121 New York Knicks
Golden State Warriors 83-105 Houston Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-95 New Orleans Pelicans
Toronto Raptors 97-106 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 98-130 Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers 106-100 Sacramento Kings