Jalen Rose is taking the vegetarian approach with Joel Embiid -- NO BEEF -- 'cause the ex-NBA star has nothing but love for the Sixers stud ... despite being the butt of his joke the other day.
Nikola Mirotic scored 24, Bobby Portis added a career-high 23 points and the Chicago Bulls blew out Boston 108-85 with Celtics star Kyrie Irving sidelined because of a bruised left quadriceps
Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory
Jrue Holiday scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period to beat the under-manned Philadelphia 76ers 131-124
Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 97-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks
Victor Oladipo had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 126-116 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets