There were nine matches in the NBA on Wednesday night with San Antonio beating Dallas 112-90, Toronto hammering Detroit 112-91, Portland easily beating Orlando 110-94, Atlanta beating Indiana 97-87, Houston beating the Lakers 113-99 and Brooklyn downing Golden State 102-98.
Washington also beat New Orleans 102-96 while Phoenix downed Minnesota in a thriller 104-103 and the Clippers accounted for Boston 111-105.
San Antonio once again kept Dirk Nowitzki in check on its way to a seventh-straight win over Texas rivals Dallas to the tune of 22 points at home on Wednesday night.
The Spurs improved to a 28-8 record in the process on the back of 25 points and seven assists from point guard Tony Parker.
Marco Belinelli added 17 points off the bench with Tim Duncan adding 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots with Kawhi Leonard contributing 12 points and eight rebounds, and Australian guard Patty Mills 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in over 19 minutes of court time.
Nowitzki has averaged just 14.4 points and shot less than 40 per cent from the floor in the last seven losses for the Mavericks against the Spurs, and on Wednesday managed just eight points and five rebounds while shooting 3-of-14 from the field.
Monta Ellis top-scored for the Mavs with 21 points with Vince Carter adding 14 points off the bench.
Detroit continued its horror run of form slipping to a 14-22 record with Toronto improving to 17-17 with a crushing 21-point victory at home on Wednesday night thanks to a dominant 62 to 37 second half.
Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 21 points and nine assists with DeMar DeRozan shooting just 3-of-15 from the field but still managing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Terrence Ross also had 17 points for Toronto while Jonas Valanciunas contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Amir Johnson 10 points, 11 boards and four blocks.
Point guard Brandon Jennings again struggled shooting with 6-of-19 for the Pistons but he still top-scored with 22 points and nine assists.
Josh Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both added 13 points each for Detroit while Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points and Greg Monroe 11 to go with 11 rebounds.
Indiana suffered a surprise seventh loss of the season going down to Atlanta on the road by 10 points but it has not been a happy hunting ground for the Pacers with them now having lost 12 straight matches dating back to 2006 inside the Phillips Arena.
Kyle Korver top-scored for the Hawks with 17 points on the back 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point territory.
Centre Pero Antic added 16 points with Jeff Teague finishing with 15 points and six assists, Mike Scott 15 points, and DeMarre Carroll 11.
Paul George top-scored for the Pacers with 28 points and 12 rebounds with Danny Granger starting in place of the injured Lance Stephenson and scoring 14 points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Golden State's 10-game NBA winning streak came to an end in Brooklyn on Wednesday night as the Warriors lost to the Nets by just four points as they narrowly avoided becoming the first team in history to sweet a road trip of seven games having won the previous six.
Brooklyn improved to a 14-21 record with the win with Joe Johnson leading the way with 27 points.
Andray Blatche added 17 points and five rebounds off the bench with Kevin Garnett finishing with 13 points, Shaun Livingston 13 and Paul Pierce 11.
Stephen Curry did all he could for the Warriors finishing with 34 points, seven assists and five rebounds with David Lee adding 20 points and seven rebounds, Klay Thompson 14 points and Australian centre Andrew Bogut 10 points, nine boards and two blocked shots.
Washington continued its improved form, particularly on the road, beating the Pelicans in New Orleans by six points to rise to a 16-17 record on the season and having now won six of their past seven road matches.
Trevor Ariza top-scored for the Wizards with 21 points and 10 rebounds while point guard John Wall added 20 points and six assists.
Bradley Beal finished with 17 points also for Washington with Jan Vesely contributing 12 points, Nene 11 and Marcin Gortat 11 to go with 14 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Eric Gordon top-scored for New Orleans in the loss with 23 points and four assists with Anthony Davis contributing 21 points and seven rebounds, Brian Roberts 11 points and Greg Stiemsma 10.
Houston had little trouble accounting for the Lakers by 14 points at home on Wednesday with the Rockets improving to a 23-13 record on the season.
James Harden was again the star for Houston with 38 points as he became the first Rockets player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994/95 to score at least 37 points in three consecutive games.
Dwight Howard also finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets while Terrence Jones adding 15 points and 13 boards, and Jeremy Lin 13 points and four assists.
Nick Young top-scored for the Lakers off the bench with 25 points while Jodie Meeks added 21 points and Pau Gasol 21 to go with 12 rebounds.
Phoenix and Minnesota played out an entertaining, high quality western conference battle with the Suns ending up prevailing by a solitary point as they improved to a surprising but supremely impressive 21-13 record with the last second victory.
Point guard Goran Dragic led the way for the Suns in the absence of Eric Bledsoe and finished with 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Power forward Channing Frye was impressive also with 22 points and five rebounds while Gerald Green scored 14 points, Miles Plumlee 11 and Marcus Morris 10.
Kevin Martin top-scored for the Timberwolves with 20 points and five rebounds with Nikola Pekovic adding 17 points and 12 rebounds, Kevin Love 15 points and 12 boards, and Corey Brewer 15 points.
Portland maintained touch with San Antonio and Oklahoma City at the top of the western conference with a comfortable 16-point win at home over Orlando.
The Trail Blazers kept the Magic to just 94 points and they have not lost this season still when keeping their opposition under 100 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge was once again the star for the Blazers finishing with 36 points, nine rebounds and three blocks on the back of 16-of-25 from the field.
Wesley Matthews added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists for Portland with Nicolas Batum contributing a triple-double with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
Arron Afflalo top-scored for the Magic with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists with Jameer Nelson adding 17 points and 10 assists, Glen Davis 16 points and Victor Oladipo 14.
Boston again couldn’t manage to beat its former coach Doc Rivers with the Clippers holding on to a six-point victory at the Staples Centre on Wednesday night.
Jamal Crawford starred for the Clippers with 26 points and six assists with Blake Griffin finishing with 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds including a massive throw-down dunk right on top of Kris Humphries.
Darren Collison had 15 points and six assists also for the Clippers in the absence of Chris Paul while DeAndre Jordan finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Avery Bradley finished with 24 points for the Celtics with his back court partner Jordan Crawford also finishing with 24 points and eight assists.
NBA Results Wednesday January 8
Dallas Mavericks (20-16) 90 lost to San Antonio Spurs (28-8) 112
Detroit Pistons (14-22) 91 lost to Toronto Raptors (17-17) 112
Orlando Magic (10-25) 94 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (27-9) 110
Indiana Pacers (28-7) 87 lost to Atlanta Hawks (19-17) 97
LA Lakers (14-22) 99 lost to Houston Rockets (23-13) 113
Golden State Warriors (24-14) 98 lost to Brooklyn Nets (14-21) 102
Washington Wizards (16-17) 102 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (15-19) 96
Phoenix Suns (21-13) 104 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (17-18) 103
Boston Celtics (13-23) 105 lost to LA Clippers (25-13) 111