There were 12 matches in the NBA on Tuesday night with Washington beating Charlotte 97-83, Cleveland downing 111-93, Indiana beating Toronto 86-79, Miami thrashing New Orleans 107-88, New York downing Detroit 89-85 and Chicago beating Phoenix 92-87.
Golden State recorded its 10th straight win beating Milwaukee 101-80 with San Antonio beating 110-108, Dallas downing the Lakers 110-97, Denver hammering Boston 129-98, Utah upsetting Oklahoma City 112-101 and Sacramento surprising Portland 123-119.
Washington scored a solid 14-point win in Charlotte over the Bobcats on Tuesday night giving the Wizards an eighth road victory for the season after going just 7-34 all of the 2012/13 campaign away from home.
Bradley Beal top-scored for the Wizards with 21 points while centre Marcin Gortat added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Point guard John Wall added 17 points and eight assists while Trevor Boozer had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Martell Webster 10 points.
Gerald Henderson tried hard for the Bobcats with 27 points and seven rebounds with point guard Kemba Walker contributing 19 points and eight assists.
Eastern conference battlers Philadelphia and Cleveland now both sit on a 12-23 record for the season following the Cavaliers' 18-point comfortable win over the 76ers at home on Tuesday night.
CJ Miles top-scored for the Cavs with 34 points while hitting a franchise-best 10-of-14 from three-point territory.
Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 14 rebounds with returning point guard Kyrie Irving finishing with 16 points and eight assists.
Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters both scored 12 points each as well.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams did all he could for the Sixers with 33 points, six rebounds and five assists.
James Anderson added 15 points for Philadelphia while Elliot Williams scored 12 points and Brandon Davis 11.
Lance Stephenson narrowly missed his fourth triple-double of the season but Indiana still cruised to a seven-point win over Toronto at home to improve to a 28-6 record on the season.
Stephenson might have missed the triple-double, but he did have 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Centre Roy Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Pacers with Danny Granger having 13 points and six boards off the bench, Paul George 11 points and George Hill 11.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 28 points and six assists while Patrick Patterson added 20 points and Kyle Lowry 16.
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat kept in touch with the eastern conference leading Pacers recording a comfortable 19-point victory at home over the New Orleans Pelicans.
LeBron James led the way for the Heat with 32 points and five assists while Dwyane Wade added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Chris Bosh also contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists with Chris Andersen finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Ray Allen 11 points.
Anthony Davis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans while Eric Gordon added 15 points, Tyreke Evans 13 and Brian Roberts 10.
New York continued its best run of form this season and Detroit continued its horror form with the Knicks winning by four points at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
The win means that the Knicks have now won back-to-back games for just the second time this season and have won three of four for the first time.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 34 points while Andrea Bargnani added 13 and Raymond Felton 12.
Josh Smith top-scored for the Pistons with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists but did have eight turnovers.
Greg Monroe finished with 19 points and seven rebounds with Andre Drummond contributing 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Chicago played its first game since its longest-serving player and the popular Luol Deng was surprisingly traded to Cleveland.
The Bulls managed to pull out a five-point win at home, though, to have now improved to a 15-18 record with two straight victories.
Taj Gibson led the way for Chicago with 19 points and 10 rebounds with Joakim Noah adding 14 points, 16 boards and six assists.
Jimmy Butler contributed 13 points, DJ Augustin 13 and Tony Snell 12.
Goran Dragic top-scored for the Suns with 21 points with Gerald Green contributing 15 points, Miles Plumlee 11, Channing Frye 11 and Ish Smith 10.
San Antonio maintained its place at the head of the western conference with a nail-biting two-point overtime victory on the road to the Grizzlies in Memphis.
Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Marco Belinelli added 19 points, four rebounds and four assists also for San Antonio with Kawhi Leonard finishing with 17 points, Boris Diaw 11, Australian guard Patty Mills 11 and Tony Parker 10 to go with six assists.
Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies finishing with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists with Zach Randolph adding 17 points and eight rebounds, James Johnson 15 points, Courtney Lee 12 and Jon Leuer 10.
The Warriors continued their scintillating run with a 10th straight victory to now be just one short of the record set by the franchise way back in the 1971/72 season.
Golden State comfortably took care of the NBA's worst team Milwaukee on the road as Australian centre Andrew Bogut made his return to the franchise he started his career with.
Bogut had eight points, 12 rebounds and three assists while shooting 4-of-6 from the field.
Power forward David Lee top-scored for the Warriors with 22 points and 18 rebounds while shooting at an outstanding 10-of-12 from the field.
Back court duo Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry both scored 15 points each with Andre Iguodala adding 11 to go with his seven rebounds and five assists.
Ersan Ilyasova led the way for the Bucks with 20 points and six rebounds with point guard Brandon Knight adding 18 points and four assists.
Dallas improved to a 20-15 record on the season with a solid 13-point win over the Lakers at home on Tuesday largely on the back of recording 17 steals as the Lakers had 19 turnovers.
It is the most steals the Mavericks have managed in a win since registering 19 against Washington almost 20 years ago way back on February 10, 1994.
Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavs with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Vince Carter added 19 points and five boards off the bench.
Monta Ellis scored 16 points and dished out nine assists with DeJuan Blair adding 15 points and nine rebounds, and Jose Calderon 12 points and eight assists.
Jodie Meeks top-scored for the Lakers with 24 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals while Kendall Marshall added 18 points and six assists.
Wesley Johnson scored 17 points and Pau Gasol 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Denver scored another win and once again piled on another huge score hitting 129 points in a 31-point hammering at home of Boston backing up the 22-point win over the Lakers where they scored 137 points in their last outing.
Randy Foye led the way for the Nuggets with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists while point guard Ty Lawson finished with 19 points and 13 assists.
Kenneth Faried contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds for Denver while JJ Hickson had 17 points and eight boards, Wilson Chandler 11 points, seven points and four blocks, and Nate Robinson 10 points off the bench.
Utah scored its best win of a disappointing season to date upsetting Oklahoma City by 11 points at home on Tuesday night.
While the Jazz only sit on a 12-25 record on the season after the win, it was an impressive performance as they ended the Thunder's eight-game winning run on the road and also beat Oklahoma City for the first time in five matches.
Gordon Hayward was the star of the night for the Jazz with 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Centre Derrick Favors added 15 points and five rebounds while Marvin Williams scored 12 points, Richard Jefferson 10 and Enes Kanter 10.
Kevin Durant did all he could for Oklahoma City finishing with 48 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
Point guard Reggie Jackson added 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Thunder but no one else on the scored more than Jeremy Lamb's nine points.
Sacramento might be vying for the worst record in the western conference, but have a talented roster particularly since the arrival of Rudy Gay and scored an impressive win by four points at home over Portland on Sunday.
The high-scoring encounter was topped off with a huge 89-point final quarter with the Blazers scoring 46 points and the Kings 43.
Centre DeMarcus Cousins led the way for Sacramento with 35 points and 13 rebounds while Gay contributed 32 points, five boards and four assists in the victory.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas added 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds with Derrick Williams finishing with 14 points and five boards off the bench.
Trail Blazers' point guard Damian Lillard was outstanding with 41 points, seven rebounds and four assists with LaMarcus Aldridge adding 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Robin Lopez 18 points and boards, and Nicolas Batum 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
NBA Results Tuesday January 7
Washington Wizards (15-17) 97 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (15-21) 83
Philadelphia 76ers (12-23) 93 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (12-23) 111
Toronto Raptors (16-17) 79 lost to Indiana Pacers (28-6) 86
New Orleans Pelicans (15-18) 88 lost to Miami Heat (27-8) 107
Detroit Pistons (14-21) 85 lost to New York Knicks (12-22) 89
Phoenix Suns (20-13) 87 lost to Chicago Bulls (15-18) 92
Golden State Warriors (24-13) 101 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (7-27) 80
San Antonio Spurs (27-8) 110 defeated Memphis Grizzlies (15-19) 108
LA Lakers (14-21) 97 lost to Dallas Mavericks (20-15) 110
Boston Celtics (13-22) 98 defeated Denver Nuggets (17-17) 129
Oklahoma City Thunder (27-8) 101 lost to Utah Jazz (12-25) 112
Portland Trail Blazers (26-9) 119 defeated Sacramento Kings (11-22) 123