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Birthday boy Nash shines

Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday with a win as the LA Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-98.

Nash scored a season-best 19 points as his side won their second straight game despite having only nine active players.

A slam dunk with the last play of the game from Tobias Harris helped the Orlando Magic take a dramatic 103-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harris took in a Maurice Harkless pass to finish off a counter started by Victory Oladipo's rebound. Orlando recovered from 17 points behind at one stage to win.

Veteran George Hill stole the show for Indiana as they beat Portland 118-113 in overtime. Hill and David West scored 67 points between them, with Hill taking 30 of them.

Boston beat Sacramento 99-89 to record three straight victories for the first time in two months, while a career-best 22 rebounds from Andre Drummond helped Detroit get the better of Brooklyn 111-95.

Reports that New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is under pressure had an impact as his men beat Denver 117-90 thanks to 31 points from Carmelo Anthony, while 22 from Monta Ellis saw the Dallas Mavericks past Utah 103-81.

Elsewhere on Friday, 36 points from Blake Griffin helped the LA Clippers beat Toronto 118-105, New Orleans beat Minnesota 98-91 and Cleveland ended a six-game losing run to beat Washington 115-113, a day after the departure of general manager Chris Grant.