There were nine matches across the NBA on Saturday night with Indiana beating New Orleans 99-82, Miami downing Orlando 110-94, Brooklyn beating Cleveland 89-82, Chicago beating Atlanta 91-84, Oklahoma City downing Minnesota 115-111, San Antonio hammering the Clippers 116-92, Phoenix beating Milwaukee 116-100, Philadelphia upsetting Portland 101-11 and Charlotte downing Sacramento 113-103.
Indiana maintained the NBA's best record at 26-6 and avoided losing consecutive matches for just the second time this season with a comfortable 17-point win at home over New Orleans on Saturday night.
Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Lance Stephenson added 19 points, six boards and four assists on the back of shooting 8-fof-12 from the field.
Danny Granger continued to show good signs on return from injury with 13 points and five rebounds off the bench for Indiana with point guard George Hill adding 10 points.
Eric Gordon led the way for the Pelicans with 21 points and six rebounds while centre Alexis Ajinca had 17 points, Tyreke Evans 12 and Anthony Davis 10 to go with eight rebounds.
Miami continued its recent domination over Florida rival Orlando with an eighth straight victory over the Magic on Saturday night with the Heat cruising to a 16-point win to improve to a 25-8 record.
Dwyane Wade led the way with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists with Chris Bosh adding 20 points and six boards.
Rashard Lewis scored 18 points while LeBron James finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Michael Beasley 13 points off the bench.
Point guard Jameer Nelson led the way for Orlando with 21 points and six assists while Tobias Harris scored 17 points, Arron Afflalo 16, Victor Oladipo 16 and Glen Davis 14 to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
Brooklyn beat Cleveland for a fourth straight time at home with a seven-point victory on Saturday night.
Deron Williams led the way for the Nets with 21 points and six assists with Paul Pierce adding 17 points and five assists, and Andray Blatche 12 points and five rebounds.
Dion Waiters led the way off the bench for the Cavs with 26 points while CJ Miles added 19 points and eight rebounds, and Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova 13 points.
Jarrett Jack started as point guard again in the absence of Kyrie Irving and had just two points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Chicago once again found a way to shut down Atlanta at the United Centre holding the visitors to just 84 points while the Bulls won by seven points to improve to a 14-18 record on the season.
Mike Dunleavy led the way for Chicago off the bench with 20 points with Luol Deng adding 17 points and 11 rebounds, Jimmy Butler 11 points, Taj Gibson 10 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah 10 points, 12 boards and five blocks, and DJ Augustin 11 points.
Paul Millsap tried hard for the Hawks with 16 points and 12 rebounds with point guard Jeff Teague contributing 16 points and six assists.
Mike Scott scored 12 points off the bench for Atlanta with DeMarre Carroll also adding 10 points and seven boards.
Oklahoma City avoided losing a third straight NBA match for the first time in almost a year thanks to a massive 38-point final quarter to come from behind and beat the Timberwolves in Minnesota by four points.
Kevin Durant had a huge night for the Thunder in the continued absence of point guard Russell Westbrook with 48 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Derek Fisher added 13 points and four assists off the bench for Oklahoma City with Serge Ibaka adding 12 points, Reggie Jackson 10 and New Zealand big man Steven Adams 10 to go with nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic top-scored with 31 point to go with 11 rebounds with Kevin Love adding 30 points, 14 boards and five assists.
Kevin Martin scored 17 points and had six rebounds for the T'Wolves while Corey Brewer contributed 15 points and Ricky Rubio 13 to go with 10 assists, five steals and four boards.
The Clippers showed just how important point guard Chris Paul is to their line-up with the superstar missing with a shoulder injury as San Antonio thumped them by 24 points at home with the Spurs improving to a 26-8 record while the Clippers slipped to 23-13.
Tiago Splitter led the way for the Spurs with 22 points and five rebounds with Tim Duncan contributing 19 points, 11 boards and four assists.
Point guard Tony Parker finished with 17 points and nine assists with Manu Ginobili adding 15 points and six assists off the bench.
Australian guard Patty Mills played over 10 minutes and had seven points with big man Aron Baynes playing almost five minutes for six points and two rebounds on the back of 3-of-4 shooting from the field.
Jamal Crawford top-scored for the Clippers with 24 points and seven assists with Blake Griffin contributing 19 points and seven rebounds, and Darren Collison 14 points and six assists.
Phoenix had no trouble beating the NBA's worst team Milwaukee at home by 16 points improving the Suns to a 20-1 record when playing the Bucks all-time at the US Airways Centre.
Gerald Green top-scored for the Suns with 24 points with Channing Frye finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Point guard Goran Dragic had 15 points and six assists with Markieff Morris contributing 14 points and five rebounds.
Brandon Knight fought hard for the Bucks with 25 points and eight assists while OJ Mayo scored 20 points, Caron Butler 16 and Ersan Ilyasova 12.
Portland handed Philadelphia an incredible 35-point spanking in Philadelphia back on December 14 while hitting 21 three-pointers, but the Trail Blazers hit just 3-of-22 on Saturday night at home and the 76ers took advantage to once again win on the road with a two-point upset win.
Thaddeus Young was the star of the night for the Sixers with 30 points and six rebounds with Evan Turner adding 23 points and seven boards.
Michael Carter-Williams contributed 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Philadelphia as well with Tony Wroten scoring 12 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge top-scored for the Blazers with 29 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and three assists with Damian Lillard contributing 17 points, Mo Williams 16, Robin Lopez 14 (15 rebounds) and Wesley Matthews 13.
Charlotte ended a five-game losing streak with an impressive 10-point win on the road to Sacramento.
Point guard Kemba Walker led the way for the Bobcats with 30 points and six assists with Al Jefferson adding 27 points and nine rebounds.
Gerald Henderson added 16 points for Charlotte with Ramon Sessions scoring 12 points and Chris Douglas-Roberts 10.
DeMarcus Cousins top-scored for Sacramento with 26 points and 11 rebounds with Isaiah Thomas finished with 21 points and eight assists, Rudy Gay 17 points and 10 boards, Jason Thompson 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton 12 points.
NBA Results Saturday January 4
New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) 82 lost to Indiana Pacers (26-6) 99
Miami Heat (25-8) 110 defeated Orlando Magic (10-23) 94
Cleveland Cavaliers (11-22) 82 lost to Brooklyn Nets (12-21) 89
Atlanta Hawks (18-16) 84 lost to Chicago Bulls (14-18) 91
Oklahoma City Thunder (26-7) 115 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (16-17) 111
LA Clippers (23-13) 92 lost to San Antonio Spurs (26-8) 116
Milwaukee Bucks (7-26) 100 lost to Phoenix Suns (20-12) 116
Philadelphia 76ers (12-21) 101 defeated Portland Trail Blazers (26-8) 99
Charlotte Bobcats (15-20) 113 defeated Sacramento Kings (10-22) 103