There were seven matches in the NBA on Friday night with Toronto beating Washington 101-88, Golden State downing Atlanta 101-100, New Orleans beating Boston 95-92, Houston downing New York 102-100, the Clippers beating Dallas 119-112, Denver beating 111-108 and the Lakers downing Utah 110-99.
Toronto continued its outstanding run of form with a 13-point win on the road to Washington on Friday.
The Raptors have now won five straight matches in what is their longest winning run since winning six on the trot between March 22-April 4, 2009 as they improve to a 16-15 record.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 20 points and five assists with Kyle Lowry adding 19 points and 11 assists.
Patrick Patterson added 18 points off the bench with Amir Johnson adding 17 points and Terrence Ross 14.
Nene top-scored for the Wizards off the bench with 15 points with Martell Webster finishing with 12, Bradley Beal 12, John Wall 11 and Marcin Gortat 10.
Golden State continued its outstanding form also with a thrilling one-point win in Atlanta over the Hawks thanks to a buzzer-beating three from Andre Iguodala.
Power forward David Lee led the way for the Warriors with 23 points and eight rebounds while Stephen Curry added 22 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals.
Klay Thompson also had 21 points, six assists and five boards with Australian centre Andrew Bogut contributing six points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Pero Antic had 16 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta with Shelvin Mack adding 15 points, Jeff Teague 14, DeMarre Carroll 12, Paul Millsap 12 and Mike Scott 12.
New Orleans beat Boston in Boston by three points on Friday with the Pelicans improving to a 15-16 record on the season while the Celtics fell to 13-20 having now lost six of their last seven matches.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Pelicans with 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks with Tyreke Evans adding 16 points, Ryan Anderson 13, Eric Gordon 12, Greg Stiemsma 12 and Brian Roberts 11.
Avery Bradley did all he could for the Celtics with 22 points with Brandon Bass adding 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green 16 points and Jared Sullinger 13 points to go with 11 boards. Jordan Crawford also dished out 11 assists.
New York couldn’t pull off a second upset win on the road in Texas after beating San Antonio going down to Houston on Friday night by just two points with the Rockets dominating the final period 29 points to 19.
Houston has won a franchise-best nine consecutive games against the Knicks overall and nine straight at Toyota Centre. New York's last victory in Houston came on November 18, 2004.
James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists with Chandler Parsons finishing with 17 points and 11 boards.
Dwight Howard added 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks with point guard Jeremy Lin contributing 14 points and four assists.
Iman Shumpert backed up his huge game against the Spurs for the Knicks with another big night with 26 points, five assists and four rebounds on the back of an incredible 6-of-6 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
Carmelo Anthony also had 25 points and eight rebounds while Tyson Chandler contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Beno Udrih 10 points and seven assists.
The Clippers improved to a 23-12 record with an impressive win on the road to Dallas by seven points even with point guard Chris Paul leaving the court with a shoulder injury. He had 19 points and six assists before getting hurt.
Blake Griffin finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists while centre DeAndre Jordan added 25 points, 18 boards and three blocked shots.
Darren Collison added 20 points and four assists off the bench for the Clippers and Jamal Crawford scored 17 points.
Dirk Nowitzki top-scored for the Mavericks with 24 points with Monta Ellis adding 13 points, Brandan Wright 12 and Jose Calderon 11.
Shawn Marion finished with 20 points and six rebounds as he moved past 17,000 points for his career.
He became the 82nd NBA player to do so and joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett and Karl Malone as the only players with 17,000 points, 9000 rebounds, 1500 steals and 1000 blocks.
Denver snapped an eight-game losing run with a three-point win at home over Memphis on Friday.
It had been the Nuggets' longest losing streak since losing 14 in-a-row during the 2002/03 season.
Point guard Ty Lawson led the way for Denver with 18 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Timofey Mozgov added 16 points and seven boards off the bench while Kenneth Faried finished with 16 points and six boards, Nate Robinson 15 points and seven assists, Randy Foye 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Evan Fournier 12 points.
Zach Randolph finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies with point guard Mike Conley adding 23 points and eight assists.
The Lakers also ended a six-game losing run in the absence of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake beating Utah at home by 11 points on Friday night.
Pau Gasol led the way for the Lakers with 23 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots with Kendall Marshall adding 20 points and 15 assists.
Jodie Meeks also had 18 points and six assists with Nick Young contributing 16 points, Wesley Johnson 11 and Shawne Williams 10.
Gordon Hayward top-scored for the Jazz with 22 points and six assists with Enes Kanter adding 16 points, Richard Jefferson 16, Jeremy Evans 11, Marvin Williams 11 and Derrick Favors 11.
NBA Results Friday January 3
Toronto Raptors (16-15) 101 defeated Washington Wizards (14-16) 88
Golden State Warriors (22-13) 101 defeated Atlanta Hawks (18-15) 100
New Orleans Pelicans (15-16) 95 defeated Boston Celtics (13-20) 92
New York Knicks (10-22) 100 lost to Houston Rockets (22-13) 102
LA Clippers (23-12) 119 defeated Dallas Mavericks (19-14) 112
Memphis Grizzlies (14-18) 108 lost to Denver Nuggets (15-17) 111
Utah Jazz (11-25) 99 lost to LA Lakers (14-19) 110