There were nine NBA matches as the league resumed from the All-Star break on Tuesday night with Indiana beating Atlanta 108-98, Cleveland annihilating Philadelphia 114-85, Toronto defeating Washington 103-93, Charlotte downing Detroit 108-96 and Memphis beating New York 98-93.
Milwaukee also beat Orlando 104-100, Miami downed Dallas 117-106, Phoenix beat Denver 112-107 and San Antonio defeated the LA Clippers 113-103.
Indiana continued to be unbeaten under coach Frank Vogel coming out of the All-Star break winning for the fourth straight year with a 10-point win at home over Atlanta on Tuesday night.
The Pacers had limped into the break having lost two of their last three games, but improved to an eastern conference best 41-12 record with the win over the Hawks who have now lost six straight matches to slip to 25-27 and fifth place in the east.
Paul George led the way for the Pacers finishing with 26 points while David West contributed 17 points, Lance Stephenson 13 and Roy Hibbert 10 to go with five rebounds and four blocked shots.
Shooting guard Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks with 19 points and five assists on the back of shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.
Lou Williams added 18 points off the bench with Mike Scott scoring 13 points, Cartier Martin 12 and Shelvin Mack 11.
Philadelphia's form was horrible leading into the All-Star break and it continued that way in the first game back afterwards with Cleveland hammering the 76ers by 29 points at Wells Fargo Centre.
The Sixers have now lost nine straight matches including some humiliating thumpings while the Cavaliers improved to a 21-33 record with the win to move up into 10th position in the eastern conference.
Tyler Zeller was the star of the night for the Cavs finishing with a season-high 18 points and career-high 15 rebounds while All-Star game MVP Kyrie Irving contributed 14 points and three assists while shooting an efficient 5-of-8 from the field.
Dion Waiters also scored 13 points for Cleveland with Luol Deng adding 13 points, Tristan Thompson 12, Anthony Bennett 10 and CJ Miles 10.
Thaddeus Young finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers with Michael Carter-Williams adding 15 points, Tony Wroten 12, Evan Turner 11 and Elliot Williams 10.
Toronto started its post-All-Star game run with a solid 10-point win on Tuesday over the Wizards in Washington to see the Raptors improve to a 29-24 record on the season to consolidate third position in the eastern conference.
Kyle Lowry led the way for Toronto finishing with 24 points and 10 assists while DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points, Amir Johnson 14, Greivis Vasquez 14, Patrick Patterson 10 and Jonas Valanciunas 10.
Wizards point guard John Wall top-scored with 22 points and seven assists with Marcin Gortat contributing 18 points, Nene 17 and Trevor Booker 10.
Charlotte moved further ahead in eighth position in the eastern conference with a comfortable 12-point win on the road to the ninth-placed Detroit on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats again rode the coat tails of big man Al Jefferson who is now putting together to the type of dominant, consistent form he has always threatened.
Jefferson scored at least 30 points for the sixth time in the last nine games as he led Charlotte to the win with 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on the back of shooting 15-of-28 from the field.
Kemba Walker also finished with 22 points and six assists for the Bobcats while Josh McRoberts contributed 14 points, Gerald Henderson 12 and Ramon Sessions 12.
Point guard Brandon Jennings tried hard for the Pistons with 24 points and seven assists with Greg Monroe adding 18 points (10 rebounds), Andre Drummond 16 (22), Kyle Singler 13 and Josh Smith 12 (11).
New York looked set to run away with a win in Memphis on Tuesday having come from 18 points down to lead by five with two and-a-half minutes to go before the Grizzlies finished the better to end up winning by five points.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley led his team to the win with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists while Mike Miller contributed 19 points off the bench.
Zach Randolph contributed 13 points and eight rebounds with Nick Calathes scoring 11 points and Tayshaun Prince 10.
Tim Hardaway Jr finished with a game-high 23 points for the Knicks with Carmelo Anthony scoring 22 points and Amare Stoudemire 12.
Milwaukee finally recorded its 10th victory of the NBA season on Tuesday night snapping a four-game losing slide with a four-point victory over Orlando at home.
The problem is that the Bucks have 43 losses to their credit to be far and away the worst team in the NBA this season.
Caron Butler led the way for Milwaukee off the bench with 21 points and seven rebounds while Brandon Knight contributed 18 points, Nate Wolters 15 and Khris Middleton 12.
Arron Afflalo top-scored for the Magic with 21 points while Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points, E'Twaun Moore 17 and Tobias Harris 16.
Two-time defending champion Miami recorded its third straight win and kept its winning run going over Dallas since losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Mavericks in six games with an 11-point win in Dallas on Tuesday night.
LeBron James finished with a season-high 42 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists for the Heat with Chris Bosh adding 22 points, Chris Andersen 18, Dwyane Wade 13 and Mario Chalmers 10 to go with nine assists.
Dirk Nowitzki, the Finals MVP from 2011, finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Mavericks while Vince Carter scored 15 points and Brandan Wright added 12 points, Jose Calderon 12 and Monta Ellis 12.
Phoenix beat Denver in Denver by five points on Tuesday with the Suns improving to a 31-21 record on the season to sit in sixth position in the western conference standings.
Gerald Green had a huge night for Phoenix with 36 points while point guard Goran Dragic finished with 21 points and 14 assists.
PJ Tucker also scored 13 points to go with 11 rebounds with Markieff Morris contributing 13 points and 12 boards off the bench for the Suns.
Evan Fournier top-scored for the Nuggets off the bench with 25 points while Kenneth Faried scored 21 points and pulled in 10 rebounds.
Wilson Chandler scored 15 points as well for the Nuggets and JJ Hickson 11 (nine rebounds).
San Antonio maintained its hold on second position in the western conference with a come from behind win at the Staples Centre over the Clippers to the tune of 10 points on Tuesday night.
The Spurs rise to a 39-15 record with the win to remain behind Oklahoma City (43-12) but ahead of Houston (36-16) and the Clippers (37-19).
Australian guard Patty Mills once again starred for San Antonio in the absence of superstar point guard Tony Parker finishing with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench on the back of shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 from downtown.
Marco Belinelli also scored 20 points for the Spurs while Tim Duncan added 19 along with 13 points and seven assists.
Blake Griffin top-scored for the Clippers with 35 points and 12 rebounds with Jamal Crawford contributing 25 points, Chris Paul 11, Darren Collison 10 and DeAndre Jordan seven to go with his 18 rebounds and six blocked shots.
NBA Results Tuesday February 18
Atlanta Hawks (25-27) 98 lost to Indiana Pacers (41-12) 108
Cleveland Cavaliers (21-33) 114 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (15-40) 85
Toronto Raptors (29-24) 103 defeated Washington Wizards (25-28) 93
Charlotte Bobcats (24-30) 108 defeated Detroit Pistons (22-31) 96
New York Knicks (20-33) 93 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (30-23) 98
Orlando Magic (16-39) 100 lost to Milwaukee Bucks (10-43) 104
Miami Heat (38-14) 117 defeated Dallas Mavericks (32-23) 106
Phoenix Suns (31-21) 112 defeated Denver Nuggets (24-28) 107
San Antonio Spurs (39-15) 113 defeated Los Angeles Clippers (37-19) 103