There were eight matches in the NBA on Sunday with the LA Clippers beating Oklahoma City 125-117, Miami downing Chicago 93-79, Washington defeating Cleveland 96-83, Toronto beating Orlando 105-90, and Sacramento downing Denver 109-95.
Houston also beat Phoenix 115-112 while Brooklyn downed the LA Lakers 108-102 and Portland defeated Minnesota 108-97.
Kevin Durant's first 40-point, 10-assist game of his career wasn’t enough for Oklahoma City to beat the LA Clippers at home on Sunday with the visitors coming away with an eight-point win.
Jamal Crawford led the way for the Clippers making the most of his starting role finishing with 36 points on the back of shooting 13-of-20 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc.
Matt Barnes also started for the Clippers and added 24 points and seven rebounds while Blake Griffin finished with 20 points, DeAndre Jordan 18 and Chris Paul 18 to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds.
Durant finished with 42 points and 10 assists for the Thunder with Serge Ibaka adding 20 points, Derek Fisher 15, Russell Westbrook 13 and Thabo Sefolosha 10.
Miami was without LeBron James due to his broken nose, but had no trouble beating Chicago at home by 14 points to continue to put pressure on Indiana's top spot in the eastern conference.
The Heat have now improved to a 40-14 record on the season while the Pacers are 42-13.
Chris Bosh stepped up in the absence of James for Miami finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Mario Chalmers finished with 12 points and nine rebounds with Ray Allen scoring 10 points and Greg Oden made a start for the Heat and had five points and five rebounds.
Taj Gibson finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls with centre Joakim Noah also recording 20 points, 15 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists.
Washington travelled to Cleveland and held the Cavaliers to just 31 second half points to end up winning by 13 points to improve to a 28-28 record on the season to sit in fifth position in the eastern conference.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 21 points and nine assists while Bradley Beal scored 17 points, Trevor Ariza 15 and Marcin Gortat 13 to go with 13 rebounds and three assists.
Luol Deng top-scored for the Cavs with 17 points while Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds with his new team. Kyrie Irving finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Toronto won its sixth straight match over Orlando on Sunday cruising to the 15-point victory at home to improve to a 31-25 record on the season and to sit in third position in the eastern conference.
Point guard Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors finishing with 28 points and six assists while hitting 4-of-5 from three-point territory.
DeMar DeRozan also added 24 points for Toronto with Terrence Jones scoring 16 points, Amir Johnson 12 and Greivis Vasquez 10.
Tobias Harris top-scored for the Magic with 28 points and six rebounds while E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points, Nikola Vucevic 11, Victor Oladipo 11 and Kyle O'Quinn 10.
Sacramento went to the mile-high city on Sunday and beat Denver by 14 points with three players having massive nights for the Kings.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas was the top-scorer with 33 points and six assists while shooting superbly with 12-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Rudy Gay also finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds while centre DeMarcus Cousins added 27 points, nine boards, five assists and five blocked shots.
Randy Foye finished with 27 points and six rebounds for the Nuggets with Evan Fournier adding 27 points, five assists and four boards.
Two of the NBA's hottest teams met on Sunday in Phoenix with Houston prevailing in a tight affair 115-112.
Coming into the contest, the Rockets had won eight of the last nine games with the Suns having won nine of their last 12, but it was the visitors who just managed to prevail thanks to a dominant final period.
Houston has now improved to a 38-18 record on the season with the win to sit in third position in the western conference while Phoenix are seventh with a 33-22 record.
Centre Dwight Howard top-scored for the Rockets with 25 points and nine rebounds with James Harden finishing with 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Point guard Patrick Beverly added 20 points while Terrence Jones scored 15 points and Chandler Parsons 13 to go with seven assists and six boards.
Goran Dragic did all he could for Phoenix finishing with 35 points while Gerald Green scored 23 points and Markieff Morris 21.
Much of the attention at the Staples Centre focused on a Brooklyn player who played just under 11 minutes and didn’t score a point, but at the end the Nets beat the LA Lakers by six points to improve to a 26-28 record on the season to sit in sixth position in the eastern conference.
Deron Williams top-scored for Brooklyn with 30 points to go with seven assists while Paul Pierce finished with 25 points, seven boards and four assists.
Andrei Kirilenko, Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche all scored 10 points each for the Nets.
However, the focus was on Jason Collins who became the first openly gay player to compete in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with Brooklyn.
The centre had already played 808 matches in the NBA most recently with Washington last season, but this was his first appearance since announcing his sexuality and he finished with two rebounds, five fouls and two turnovers against the Lakers.
Pau Gasol top-scored for the Lakers with 22 points and 11 rebounds with Jodie Meeks finishing with 19 points, Kent Bazemore 17, Jordan Hill 11 and Nick Young 10.
Portland beat Minnesota at home on Sunday by 11 points to improve to a 38-18 record on the season to sit in fifth position in the western conference.
Point guard Damian Lillard again stepped up in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge finishing with 32 points and five assists for the Trail Blazers on the back of shooting 11-of-17 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Nicolas Batum also scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds for the Blazers with Wesley Matthews scoring 17 and Thomas Robinson 14 to go with his 18 boards.
Kevin Love top-scored for the Timberwolves with 31 points and 10 rebounds with JJ Barea finishing with 21 points and Dante Cunningham 12.
NBA Results Sunday February 23
Los Angeles Clippers (38-20) 125 defeated Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14) 117
Chicago Bulls (29-26) 79 lost to Miami Heat (40-14) 93
Washington Wizards (28-28) 96 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (22-35) 83
Orlando Magic (17-41) 90 lost to Toronto Raptors (31-25) 105
Sacramento Kings (20-36) 109 defeated Denver Nuggets (25-30) 95
Houston Rockets (38-18) 115 defeated Phoenix Suns (33-22) 112
Brooklyn Nets (26-28) 108 defeated Los Angeles Lakers (19-37) 102
Minnesota Timberwolves (27-29) 97 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (38-18) 108