Both the Heat and Thunder look to be strong chances of winning their respective conferences to set up an NBA finals berth, and both now sit on 27-9 records on the season after losing on the road to the Knicks and Nuggets respectively on Thursday night.
There were just the two matches on Thursday night in the NBA with the New York Knicks beating the Miami Heat 102-92 at Madison Square Garden, and then the Denver Nuggets downing the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-88 at the Pepsi Centre.
The Knicks continued their best run of form of this season showing some of the signs that was expected of them from the start of the campaign.
New York has now won three straight matches and four of its last five to sit on a 13-22 record and to be closing in on a playoff spot in the dismal eastern conference after upsetting the two-time defending champion Miami Heat by 10 points at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
It also continues a good run for the Knicks against the Heat with them having now won four of the last five regular season meetings between the two teams.
Carmelo Anthony led the charge for the Knicks finishing with 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals on the back of shooting 12-of-24 from the floor.
Andrea Bargnani also contributed 19 points and five boards with Amare Stoudemire adding 14 points and 11 boards, Raymond Felton 13 points and 14 assists, and Iman Shumpert 12 points and nine rebounds.
LeBron James did all he could for Miami with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds on the back of shooting 12-of-17 from the floor.
Dwyane Wade added 23 points also for the Heat with Norris Cole scoring 12 points.
The Nuggets then finished off the Thursday night action in the second game and caused another upset, managing to continue their good recent form with an impressive 13-point win at home over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Nuggets improved to an 18-17 record with the victory to remain in contention for a western conference playoff berth.
Randy Foye led the way for Denver with 24 points and four rebounds on the back of shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from three-point territory.
Point guard Ty Lawson also added 16 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals while Evan Fournier contributed 19 points off the bench while he shot 7-of-13 from the floor, and 4-of-7 from downtown.
Kevin Durant again did all he could for Oklahoma City with 30 points with Reggie Jackson finishing with 13 points and five assists, and veteran point guard Derek Fisher 12 points and six rebounds.
NBA Results Thursday January 9
Miami Heat (27-9) 92 lost to New York Knicks (13-22) 102
Oklahoma City Thunder (27-9) 88 lost to Denver Nuggets (18-17) 101