Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
When you have individual performances like we saw Friday -- 14 players had at least 25 points, eight had 33 or more -- you automatically expect Kevin Durant to be involved.
But Durant was out to rest a sore shoulder. So who exactly were Friday's big winners?
Well, we had the 2012-13 scoring champion Carmelo Anthony set a new team and Madison Square Garden record with 62 points, so he's a good place to start.
Anthony made 23-of-35 from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and 10-of-10 from the foul line against the Charlotte Bobcats in the highest scoring game of his career.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Tolliver and Josh McRoberts all took their turn at guarding Melo, but the Knicks forward dispatched each of them with a stupefying array of jumpers. Truthfully, Anthony could have had Scottie Pippen in front of him and it wouldn't have mattered. His shot was going in, hand in his face be damned.
Anthony's teammates were having so much fun watching his dominance that they didn't even seem to mind that he failed to record a single assist.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was a tad more generous against the Minnesota Timberwolves, handing out 15 assists, but that didn't stop him from scoring 33 points with six threes.
The Sacramento Kings backcourt of Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton combined to make 29-of-58 shots and score 80 points, but their team still lost to the Indiana Pacers due to Paul George's 36 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Thomas has recorded 38 points twice in the last four games and averaged 21.6 points over 24 games since he became the starting point guard.
Thornton's 42 points were nine more than he had in the previous nine games combined.
George was too much to overcome, however, especially in the fourth quarter when his four-point play tied the game with 15 seconds left and in overtime when his two steals sealed the win.
George has scored at least 23 points in six straight games and averaged 29.5 points per game in that stretch.
In Houston, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons hit 10 threes in one half to set a new NBA record, while over in Brooklyn, Nets forward Mirza Teletovic drilled six triples in the second quarter. Both players finished with 34 points.
In his last 16 games, Teletovic has averaged 23.5 minutes, 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 treys per game. He has been added in 6,185 yahoo.com leagues Saturday but is still 90 percent available.
Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond were the top rebounders of the night with 20 boards apiece, and both players had 20-plus points to boot including 28 by Harris.
As for Durant, he had the four highest scoring efforts in the NBA this season going into Friday's slate of games, but he lost the top spot while he was idle.
I'm excited to see what he's going to do to answer Anthony's 62 points when he gets back in the lineup.