Chris Paul eventually came good as he inspired the LA Clippers to a 100-93 win over the Miami Heat.
Paul, who endured his worst ever single-quarter shooting record after going 0 for seven in the opening 12 minutes, ended up being the hero as he threw in three consecutive three-pointers late on to kill any hopes of a Heat comeback.
Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench while DeAndre Jordan finished with 11 rebounds as the Clippers improved to a 34-17 record.
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Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic all scored 17 for Miami, but the Florida-based franchise could not hold off the Clippers, who have won seven of their previous 10 games.
The Boston Celtics produced their most prolific display of the season in a 128-119 success over the Sacramento Kings.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Rajon Rondo recorded a double-double (14 pts & 15 ast) against the team he won a championship with in 2008.
The Celtics held a 16-point lead at half-time and never looked like being pegged back by the Kings as Avery Bradley finished with 25 and Isiah Thomas 22. It is now an impressive nine wins in 10 games for Boston who find themselves third the Eastern Conference, six and a half games back from leaders the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Denver Nuggets poured more misery on the New York Knicks with a 101-96 win.
Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton scored 19 points, with rookie Emmanuel Mudiay adding 15 for the Nuggets. The Congolese point guard came an assist away from a double-double as he finished the night in Madison Square Gardens with nine dimes.
Kristaps Porzingis recorded his 17th double-double of the season as he finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony also scored 21 but continued to struggle with the left knee soreness that has seen him miss three of the last eight games, shooting just 33 percent from the field.
Nicola Vucevic's three-pointer on the buzzer earned the Orlando Magic a 96-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Vucevic, who top-scored with 22 points, threw in from the corner to regain the lead after the Hawks had produced an impressive comeback.
Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore led the Atlanta fightback, combining for 47 points, but the Montenegrin center was ice cold at the death to give Orlando the win.
Evan Fournier played his part with 21 points on the same night his favourite team, the Denver Broncos, won Super Bowl 50, and Elfrid Payton finished with 12 points and as many assists.