Despite a loss from the Chicago Bulls Thursday (97-91 to Oklahoma City), the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4) were unable to grab second place in the Central Friday, as they were defeated 107-105 by Phoenix.
Cleveland has lost four of its last five games.
Milwaukee remains at the top of the Central at 3-1 after defeating winless Washington 101-91 Friday.
Indiana dropped a 96-94 decision at Northwest division-leading Minnesota Friday to fall to 2-4 on the season. Detroit remains one of two teams in the NBA without a win, losing 105-94 to the Thunder Friday.
The Knicks lead the Atlantic division at 4-0, the NBA's only undefeated team. Philadelphia (3-2) is in second, with Brooklyn (2-2) and Boston (2-3) following. Toronto (1-4) trails Boston by one game.
The defending-champion Miami Heat (5-1) have jumped out to a two-game lead in the Southeast division, leading Atlanta (2-2). Orlando (2-3) trails the Hawks by a half game, with Charlotte (1-3) and Washington (0-4) bringing up the rear.