Mavericks 103, Trail Blazers 98
Dallas led 33-10 after the first quarter, and led by as many as 30 points in the second quarter before surrendering the entire lead in the third.
Portland led by as many as nine points, in the fourth quarter, but Dallas rallied, closing on a 21 to nine run over the final 8:22 to get the win.
Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points, and Monta Ellis had 17.
Portland got a huge night from LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Dallas hung on to the eight seed in the west with the win, a game ahead of Memphis.
Nuggets 134, Lakers 126
It was a little bit closer tonight but the Lakers defense was still atrocious, allowing Denver to shoot 55 percent, and the Nuggets had 110 points at the end of the third quarter.
Its the 12th time this season the Lakers have given up 120 points in a game, and the third in a row where an opponent has score at least 130.
Kenneth Faried had 32 points and 13 rebounds, and Ty Lawson had 30 points to go along with 17 assists.
Next up for the Lakers, back-to-back games against Oklahoma City, who ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring at just under 106 points per game.
Rockets 112, Pacers 86
James Harden led the way for Houston with 28 points, as the Rockets blew out Indiana, returning the favor from just before Christmas.
On December 20, the Pacers beat the Rockets in similar fashion, 114-81.
Dwight Howard 15 points and seven boards in just 28 minutes.
For Indiana, David West was the top scorer with 15.
The Pacers have now lost three in a row, but still hold a one and a half game lead over Miami for the east's top spot, but the teams are tied in the loss column. Indy has won the three more games they have played than Miami.
Pelicans 112, Bucks 104
O.J. Mayo was ejected late in the first quarter after throwing a punch at the Pelicans' Greg Stiemsma. Mayo is the second Bucks player thrown out of a game this week, after Ersan Ilyasova was tossed from a loss to the Kings earlier in the week for punching Reggie Evans.
Anthony Davis had a huge night in the Pelicans' win with 29 points and 14 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans had 25 points and seven assists.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 25 points, his fourth 25-plus point game of the year.
Timberwolves 114, Pistons 101
Kevin Love posted his league leading 51st double-double, as the T'Wolves cruised to a double-digit win over Detroit.
Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Kevin Martin added 24 points in the win.
Greg Monroe had a double-double in the losing effort with 20 points and 15 boards.
The Pistons are falling further from the playoff picture, despite holding the nine-spot in the east, they're three-and-a half games back of Atlanta, and have lost eight of 10.
Warriors 111, Hawks 97
Golden State shot 54 percent from the floor and every Warrior got on the score sheet including five in double figures, led by David Lee with 18 points.
Paul Millsap had 16 for Atlanta, who remains in the eight spot in the eats playoffs.
The Warriors' Klay Thompson left the game in the first quarter with a back strain. He was held out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.
Golden State has won seven of its last 10, and currently sits sixth in the west.
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