There were 10 NBA matches played on Martin Luther King Day across the United States with Dallas beating Cleveland 102-97, the Clippers beating Detroit 112-103, Washington downing Philadelphia 107-99, Brooklyn thrashing New York 103-80, Atlanta beating Miami 121-114 and New Orleans beating Memphis 95-92.
Chicago also beat the Lakers 102-100, Charlotte downed Toronto 100-95, Houston held out Portland 126-113 and Indiana beat Golden State 102-94.
Dallas beat Cleveland in Cleveland on Monday to improve to a 25-18 record on the season and maintain seventh spot in the western conference.
The Mavericks opened up a 24-point advantage midway through the second quarter before holding on for the five-point victory.
Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavs finishing with 22 points and eight assists while Shawn Marion scored 18 points, Dirk Nowitzki 17 (10 rebounds), DeJuan Blair 13, Jose Calderon 11 (six assists) and Brandan Wright 10.
Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers with 26 points and nine assists with Luol Deng adding 20 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting from the field.
Tristan Thompson contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs with Anderson Varejao also finishing with 18 points, 21 boards and four assists.
The Clippers went into Detroit on Monday and scored a comfortable nine-point victory over the Pistons despite the home team fighting back in the last quarter.
The Clippers improved to a 29-14 record with the victory to remain in fourth position in the strong western conference.
Power forward Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists.
JJ Redick also added 20 points and six assists for the winners while centre DeAndre Jordan finishing with 16 points, 21 rebounds and four blocked shots.
It was Jamal Crawford who top-scored off the bench, though, with 26 points and four assists on the back of 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Rodney Stuckey top-scored for the Pistons off the bench as well with 29 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Josh Smith added 24 points and six rebounds for Detroit with Andre Drummond finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Washington beat Philadelphia at home on Monday by eight points to improve to a 20-20 record on the season with the Wizards improving to fifth position in the eastern conference standings.
Bradley Beal top-scored for the Wizards with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists with centre Marcin Gortat adding 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Point guard John Wall also contributed 14 points and five assists for the Wizards with Trevor Ariza contributing 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams was the star of the night for the 76ers finishing with 31 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Thaddeus Young also added 18 points with Hollis Thompson scoring 13 points, Spencer Hawes 11 (16 rebounds) and Evan Turner 11.
New York's struggles inside Madison Square Garden this season continued in Monday's afternoon clash to commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a dismal 23-point loss to cross-town rivals Brooklyn.
The Nets improved to a 17-22 record on the season with the win to improve to seventh spot in the eastern conference standings.
Joe Johnson top-scored for Brooklyn finishing with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists while shooting 4-of-8 from three-point territory.
Andray Blatche also contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Nets while Alan Anderson contributed 15 points and Deron Williams 13 off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 26 points and 12 rebounds while JR Smith scored 15 points and Tim Hardaway Jr 11.
New Orleans scored a third win of the season over Memphis on Monday pulling off the three-point victory on the road to improve to a 16-24 record while the Grizzlies slipped to 20-20 in ninth spot in the western conference.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Pelicans with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points, Brian Roberts 13, Eric Gordon 12 and Alexis Ajinca 10.
Zach Randolph did all he could for the Grizzlies finishing with 23 points and 20 rebounds while Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Marc Gasol 14 and Mike Conley 13.
Chicago continued its surprisingly improved form since trading long-time servant Luol Deng and beat the Lakers by two points at the United Centre on Monday to improve to a 20-20 record and to sit in sixth position on the eastern conference standings.
DJ Augustin top-scored for the Bulls off the bench with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, and 5-of-7 from three-point territory.
Centre Joakim Noah also had a big night for Chicago with 17 points, 21 rebounds and six assists with Jimmy Butler adding 13 points, Taj Gibson 12, Mike Dunleavy 12 and Carlos Boozer 11.
Nick Young top-scored for the Lakers also off the bench with 31 points with Pau Gasol having a good night with 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Jodie Meeks also scored 16 points to go with seven assists for the Lakers while Ryan Kelly finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Charlotte continued its recent dominance over Toronto with a five-point win at home on Monday with the Bobcats now having won seven straight at home against the Raptors, and 11 of the last 14 overall.
Ramon Sessions started for the Bobcats as point guard in the absence of Kemba Walker and did well with 23 points to be the team's top-scorer.
Al Jefferson also added 22 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots while Gerald Henderson scored 16 points and Jannero Pargo 11.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors finishing with 25 points and six rebounds while Kyle Lowry scored 21 points, Grelvis Vasquez 15 (nine assists) and Charles Hayes 12 (13 rebounds).
Atlanta stormed out of the blocks at home against Miami on Monday piling on 73 first half points and then performing well enough down the stretch to come away with a seven-point victory.
Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists while DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points, Pero Antic 17, Shelvin Mack 13, Mike Scott 12, Lou Williams 12 and Kyle Korver 12.
LeBron James led the way for the Heat with 30 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Chris Bosh also added 21 points and seven rebounds for Miami with Mario Chalmers scoring 17 points, Ray Allen 14 and Shane Battier 11.
Houston scored an impressive 13-point win at home over Portland on Monday in an exciting, high-scoring contest between two of the western conference's top five teams.
The Rockets were lifted to the win largely on the back of a season-high 31 points from Chandler Parsons to go with his 10 rebounds and seven assists on the back of shooting 12-of-19 from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown.
Centre Dwight Howard added 24 points and 12 rebounds for Houston while James Harden scored 22 points, Patrick Beverly 17 and Omri Casspi 15.
MVP-candidate LaMarcus Aldridge had another big night for the Trail Blazers with 27 points and 20 rebounds while point guard Damian Lillard finished with 24 points and seven assists.
Wesley Matthews also scored 18 points for the Blazers and Robin Lopez 13.
Indiana continued its run as the best team in the NBA scoring an impressive eight-point victory in Oakland over the Golden State Warriors to improve to a 33-7 record on the season.
Paul George once again led the way for the Pacers finishing with 23 points while David West added 17 points, George Hill 15, Roy Hibbert 14 (13 rebounds) and Lance Stephenson 14 (10 rebounds, seven assists).
Steph Curry led the way for the Warriors scoring 24 points and dishing out nine assists while power forward David Lee contributed 20 points and 12 boards.
Klay Thompson also scored 17 points and Australian centre Andrew Bogut 10 to go with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
NBA Results Monday January 20
Dallas Mavericks (25-18) 102 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (15-26) 97
Los Angeles Clippers (29-14) 112 defeated Detroit Pistons (17-24) 103
Philadelphia 76ers (13-28) 99 lost to Washington Wizards (20-20) 107
Brooklyn Nets (17-22) 103 defeated New York Knicks (15-26) 80
Miami Heat (29-12) 114 lost to Atlanta Hawks (21-19) 121
New Orleans Pelicans (16-24) 95 defeated Memphis Grizzlies (20-20) 92
Los Angeles Lakers (16-26) 100 lost to Chicago Bulls (20-20) 102
Toronto Raptors (20-20) 95 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (18-25) 100
Portland Trail Blazers (31-10) 113 lost to Houston Rockets (28-15) 126
Indiana Pacers (33-7) 102 defeated Golden State Warriors (26-17) 94