The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start to his second season in charge.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak announced the surprising move several hours before they played host to Golden State. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the Lakers against the Warriors while the club’s top brass searches for Brown’s replacement after just 18 months in charge.
“The bottom line is that the team is not winning at the pace we expected this team to win, and we didn’t see improvement,” Kupchak said at the Lakers’ training complex in El Segundo, Calif.
KNICKS 104, MAVERICKS 94
In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and the Knicks improved their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0 with a victory over Dallas.
JR Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team remaining in the NBA.
76ERS 106, CELTICS 100
In Boston, Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday had 21 and Philadelphia held off several fourth-quarter rallies to beat Boston.
TIMBERWOLVES 96, PACERS 94
In Minneapolis, Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting Minnesota over Indiana.
NETS 107, MAGIC 68
In Orlando, Fla., Andray Blatche had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brooklyn beat Orlando.
The Nets snapped a 10-game losing streak to Orlando that dated to 2009.
BUCKS 101, WIZARDS 91
In Washington, Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and Milwaukee quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to beat Washington.
GRIZZLIES 93, ROCKETS 85
In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay finished with 21 points and a key basket with 1:03 left, and Memphis won its fourth in a row.
THUNDER 105, PISTONS 94
In Oklahoma City, Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Oklahoma City kept Detroit winless.
HORNETS 107, BOBCATS 99
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion to lift New Orleans.