There were 12 matches in the NBA in a big Friday night of action with Indiana beating Washington 93-66, Detroit downing Philadelphia 114-104, Atlanta beating Houston 83-80, Memphis downing Phoenix 104-99, Minnesota thumping Charlotte 119-92 and Dallas accounting for New Orleans 107-90.
Brooklyn also upset Miami 104-95, Chicago beat Milwaukee 81-72, Cleveland beat Utah 113-102, Sacramento won over Orlando 103-83, Golden State won a thriller over Boston 99-97 and the Clippers hammered the Lakers 123-87.
Indiana kept a team to its lowest total in 10 years on Friday night allowing Washington just 64 points as the Pacers cruised to a 17-point victory at home to record to a 29-7 record on the season.
Power forward David West led the way for the Pacers with 20 points and eight rebounds with CJ Watson adding 16 points off the bench.
Roy Hibbert also finished with 12 points and six rebounds with Lance Stephenson adding 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Luis Scola 10 points and five boards.
Bradley Beal top-scored for the Wizards with 17 points with John Wall adding 13 points and seven rebounds, and Nene 12 points, five boards and four assists.
Detroit has been in a terrible run of form but returned to the winner's list on Friday night downing Philadelphia by 10 points to now have won five of the last six matches over the 76ers.
Josh Smith led the way for the Pistons with 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocked shots and four steals in one of his best all-rounded performances since joining Detroit this season from Atlanta.
Point guard Brandon Jennings also added 19 points and six assists with Kyle Singler scoring 16 points, Will Bynum 16, Greg Monroe 15, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 12 and Andre Drummond 11.
Thaddeus Young led the way for the Sixers with 22 points while rookie point guard added Michael Carter-Williams 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Centre Spencer Hawes finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while James Anderson contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Houston's impressive six-game winning run came to an end over Atlanta with the Hawks coming from behind to win a thriller by three points to improve to a 20-17 record that makes them one of the elite teams in the weak eastern conference.
Paul Millsap scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists for the Hawks with Kyle Korver adding 20 points and five boards on the back of nailing 4-of-7 from three-point territory.
Mike Scott also had 14 points off the bench for Atlanta in the win.
James Harden top-scored for the Rockets with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists with Dwight Howard adding 15 points and 11 rebounds, Aaron Brooks 13 points and Jeremy Lin 11.
Memphis pulled out an impressive five-point victory at home over Phoenix to improve to a 16-19 record while the Grizzlies slipped to 21-14.
Mike Conley was the star for the Grizzlies with the point guard finishing with 31 points and seven assists as he became the first Memphis player to score 30 or more points in consecutive games since Rudy Gay did it in November 2010.
Zach Randolph added 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Grizzlies with Mike Miller contributing 11 points and Ed Davis 10 points to go with his career-best 17 rebounds.
Goran Dragic tried hard for Phoenix with 21 points and eight assists with Markieff Morris adding 17 points, Gerald Green 12, PJ Tucker 11 and Channing Frye 10.
Minnesota continued to put pressure on for a playoff berth in the tough western conference with an emphatic 27-point victory at home over Charlotte.
Nikola Pekovic scored 13 of his 26 points in the third quarter for the Timberwolves to go with his six rebounds and three assists on the back of shooting 10-of-14 from the floor.
Kevin Martin scored 19 points and had four rebounds and four assists for the T'Wolves with Kevin Love contributing 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.
Anthony Tolliver top-scored for the Bobcats off the bench with 21 points while Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 16 points, Kemba Walker 15 (seven assists) and Gerald Henderson 12.
Dallas nailed a season-best 14 three-pointers on its way to a 17-point win on the road to New Orleans with the Mavs improving to a 21-16 record in the process.
Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 24 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Monta Ellis also had 23 points and eight assists with Vince Carter adding 14 points, Jae Crowder 12 and Jose Calderon 11 to go with six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Eric Gordon did all he could for the Pelicans finishing with 27 points with Anthony Davis adding 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Miami then lost its second straight game to a New York team, this time Brooklyn, with the Nets winning a thrilling double-overtime contest by nine points at home over the two-time defending NBA champions.
The victory continued Brooklyn's improved form to have now won five straight matches after a horror, and at times embarrassing, start to the season and Jason Kidd's coaching career.
The Nets now sit on a much-improved 15-21 record to be back in the hunt for a playoff berth in the eastern conference.
Against the Heat, Joe Johnson led the way with 32 points, five assists and four rebounds on the back of shooting 14-of-25 from the field, and 4-of-6 from three-point territory.
Paul Pierce also had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Nets while Shaun Livingston added 19 points, 11 boards and five assists with Kevin Garnett contributing 12 points and 10 boards.
LeBron James had a big night for the Heat with 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out in what were at times heated periods of overtime.
Norris Cole finished with 18 points and seven assists for Miami with Rashard Lewis contributing 12 points and Chris Bosh 10 to go with 10 rebounds.
Chicago continued its improved form and surprisingly since trading Luol Deng winning its fourth straight game accounting for the NBA's worst team Milwaukee on the road by nine points.
Carlos Boozer led the way for the Bulls with 19 points and 13 rebounds with Mike Dunleavy adding 18 points, Taj Gibson 12 and Jimmy Butler 10.
OJ Mayo top-scored for the Bucks off the bench with 16 points with Ersan Ilyasova adding 14 points, Luke Ridnour 14 and Brandon Knight 12.
Cleveland opened a four-game road trip with a first win in Utah in five attempts recording an 11-point victory on Friday night.
Point guard Kyrie Irving starred for the Cavaliers finishing with 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals on the back of hitting 9-of-18 from the field, and 3-of-3 from long range.
Tristan Thompson also had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs with Dion Waiters scoring 17 points, CJ Miles 17, Jarrett Jack 12 and Tyler Zeller 10.
Luol Deng made his debut for Cleveland after being traded from Chicago and had 10 points in over 21 minutes of court time.
Richard Jefferson top-scored for Utah with 18 points with Trey Burke adding 17 points, Alec Burks 16, Enes Kanter 15 and Derrick Favors 12.
Sacramento scored a thumping 20-point win at home over Orlando with centre DeMarcus Cousins leading the way 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Rudy Gay added 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Derrick Williams contributed 14 points, Jason Thompson 14 and Jimmer Fredette 11.
Tobias Harris top-scored for the Magic with 16 points and six rebounds with Arron Afflalo adding 15 points, Victor Oladipo 13, Glen Davis 12 and Maurice Harkless 10.
Golden State improved to a 25-14 record winning at home over Boston, but only just and thanks to a Stephen Curry game-winning jumper with 2.1 seconds left on the clock.
Curry finished the night with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Warriors while Andre Iguodala added 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Klay Thompson also had 17 points for Golden state with David Lee adding 16, Marreese Speights 13 and Australian centre Andrew Bogut had four points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
Jeff Green led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Boston with Jared Sullinger adding 21 points, Kris Humphries 16 and Jordan Crawford 10.
The Clippers then humiliated the Lakers in a battle of the LA teams inside the Staples Centre.
The Clippers beat the Lakers by 36 points in what was their biggest ever win against their rivals eclipsing a 31-point triumph on February 19, 1992.
Blake Griffin led the way for a Clippers team still missing point guard Chris Paul with a shoulder injury finishing with 33 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
Darren Collison also had 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds stepping as starting point guard for Paul while JJ Redick had 19 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 and Jamal Crawford 11.
Kendall Marshall top-scored for the Lakers with 16 points to go with his 10 assists with Wesley Johnson adding 14 points, Robert Sacre 14, Nick Young 11, Jodie Meeks 11 and Pau Gasol 10 to go with eight rebounds and five assists.
NBA Results Friday January 10
Washington Wizards (16-18) 66 lost to Indiana Pacers (29-7) 93
Detroit Pistons (15-22) 114 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (12-24) 104
Houston Rockets (23-14) 80 lost to Atlanta Hawks (20-17) 83
Phoenix Suns (21-14) 99 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (16-19) 104
Charlotte Bobcats (15-22) 92 lost to Minnesota Timberwolves (18-18) 119
Dallas Mavericks (21-16) 107 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (15-20) 90
Miami Heat (27-10) 95 lost to Brooklyn Nets (15-21) 104
Chicago Bulls (16-18) 81 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (7-28) 72
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) 113 defeated Utah Jazz (12-26) 102
Orlando Magic (10-26) 83 lost to Sacramento Kings (12-22) 103
Boston Celtics (13-24) 97 lost to Golden State Warriors (25-14) 99
LA Lakers (14-23) 87 lost to LA Clippers (26-13) 123