There were seven matches in the NBA on Sunday with Memphis thrashing Detroit 112-84, Indiana beating Cleveland 82-78, Miami downing Toronto 102-97, Golden State beating Washington 112-96, Oklahoma City thrashing Boston 119-96, New York downing Dallas 92-80 and Denver hammering the Lakers 137-115.
Championship-winning forward Tayshaun Prince made his return to Detroit after his unpopular trade from the Pistons to the Grizzlies last season, and he had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in Memphis' thumping 28-point win at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.
Jon Leuer top-scored for the Grizzlies with 23 points and eight rebounds off the bench while Ed Davis added 17 points and 11 boards, Zach Randolph 16 points and 16 rebounds, and point guard Mike Conley 15 points and six assists.
Detroit's struggles continued as it slipped to a 14-20 record on the season and to a sixth straight loss at home to the Grizzlies.
Greg Monroe top-scored for the Pistons with 19 points and eight assists with fellow big man Andre Drummond adding 15 points, 14 boards and two blocked shots.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 14 points, Josh Smith 13 and Brandon Jennings 11 assists despite just four assists and shooting only 2-of-14 from the field.
Indiana improved its NBA-best record to 27-6 with a hard-earned four-point victory in Cleveland over the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Paul George again top-scored for the Pacers with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds with centre Roy Hibbert finishing with 15 points and six boards.
David West contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks with Lance Stephenson adding 10 points as did Danny Granger off the bench.
CJ Miles worked hard for the Cavs with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists with Dion Waiters adding 14 points, Tristan Thompson 13 and Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova started in the continued absence of Kyrie Irving and finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Miami put an end to Toronto's hot run of form and also avoided losing a second straight match at home for the first time in almost three years by holding on to beat the Raptors by five points on Sunday.
LeBron James led the way for the Heat with 30 points, five assists and four rebounds on the back of 12-of-18 shooting from the floor.
Michael Beasley added 17 points off the bench for Miami with Dwyane Wade also adding 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
DeMar DeRozan did all he could for Toronto finishing with 26 points and seven assists with Amir Johnson adding 17 points and eight rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas 17 points, Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists, and Patrick Patterson 11 points and seven boards.
The on-fire Golden State Warriors won its ninth straight match to improve to a 23-13 record on the season with a comfortable 16-point win in Washington over the Wizards on Sunday.
Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 26 points with David Lee adding 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while Australian centre Andrew Bogut was a dominant presence with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while shooting 7-of-9 from the field.
Stephen Curry also finished with 14 points and 10 assists for Golden State and Harrison Barnes 13 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench.
Point guard John Wall finished with 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards with Nene contributing 14 points, Martell Webster 11 and centre Marcin Gortat 10 to go with six rebounds.
Oklahoma City had no trouble disposing of the struggling Boston Celtics at home on Sunday cruising to a 23-point victory to improve to a 27-7 record on the season.
Reggie Jackson took advantage of the continued absence of his teammate Russell Westbrook for the Thunder and finished with 27 points on the back of shooting 9-of-12 from the field, and 3-of-3 from three-point territory.
Kevin Durant added 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals with Serge Ibaka contributing 17 points and 11 rebounds, Jeremy Lamb 13 points and six assists, and Kendrick Perkins 12 points and six boards.
Jeff Green contributed 19 points for the Celtics with Avery Bradley also scoring 19 points, Jordan Crawford 17 points and seven assists, and Kris Humphries 14 points.
The Knicks made it two wins from three matches on their tour of Texas having previously upset San Antonio and lost to Houston before scoring an impressive 12-point win over the Mavs in Dallas on Sunday.
Carmelo Anthony top-scored for New York with 19 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Kenyon Martin scored a season-high 14 points and had six boards off the bench also for the Knicks while Andrea Bargnani finished with 13 points, Amare Stoudemire 11 and Tim Hardaway Jr 10.
Dirk Nowitzki top-scored for the Mavericks with 18 points and nine rebounds while Monta Ellis had 13 points, Vince Carter 13, Jose Calderon 12 and DeJuan Blair 11.
Sunday's NBA action then ended with Denver finding some incredible scoring form to end up cruising to a thumping 22-point win over the Lakers at the Staples Centre.
The Nuggets scored 137 points, including 44 in the final period, to hammer the Lakers in what was the most points conceded in a non-overtime game by the Lakers since November 1993.
Nate Robinson top-scored for Denver off the bench with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals with Timofey Mozgov also contributing 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench on the back of shooting 8-of-10 from the field.
Point guard Ty Lawson finished with 20 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets with Kenneth Faried finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Wilson Chandler 17.
Randy Foye also added 14 points for the Nuggets and Evan Fournier 12 to go with seven rebounds and three assists.
Pau Gasol worked hard for the Lakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists with Jodie Meeks adding 23 points, Nick Young 21 and Robert Sacre 15.
NBA Results Sunday January 5
Memphis Grizzlies (15-18) 112 defeated Detroit Pistons (14-20) 84
Indiana Pacers (27-6) 82 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (11-23) 78
Toronto Raptors (16-16) 97 lost to Miami Heat (26-8) 102
Golden State Warriors (23-13) 112 defeated Washington Wizards (14-17) 96
Boston Celtics (13-21) 96 lost to Oklahoma City Thunder (27-7) 119
New York Knicks (11-22) 92 defeated Dallas Mavericks (19-15) 80
Denver Nuggets (16-17) 137 defeated LA Lakers (14-20) 115