SUMMARIES THURSDAY PISTONS 111, KNICKS 105
After New York rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit, Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Jackson made a trio of timely 3-pointers late as Detroit avoided collapse. The Knicks took a 97-95 lead on a layup by Robin Lopez before Tolliver's 3-pointer put the Pistons back ahead, and Jackson added another to make it 101-97.
ROCKETS 111, SUNS 105
Corey Brewer scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza 22 to lead the Houston on a 4-for-19 shooting night by James Harden. Harden finished with 17 points, more than 10 under his average. Archie Goodwin led the Suns with 22 points, while Alex Len added 12 with a career-high 18 rebounds as Phoenix lost its sixth straight.
LAKERS 99, PELICANS 96
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight. Bryant, who scored a season-high 38 points at Minnesota two nights earlier, held his follow-through as his final 3 went through with a minute left, but he then missed a free throw with six seconds left. That allowed the Pelicans a chance to tie the game with a 3, but Jrue Holiday's shot missed the rim.
CURRY IN 3-POINT CONTEST
Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown. Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Draymond Green and Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in that event, which combines dribbling, passing and 3-point shooting. Boston All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defending champion Patrick Beverley of Houston, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson and CJ McCollum of Portland round out the field.