Australia’s Thon Maker recorded a NBA season-high 15 points off the bench as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Utah Jazz 114-102.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 21 for the Bucks who improved to 28-11, the second-best record in the NBA.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points for the Jazz, but Maker’s compatriot Joe Ingles was limited to two points while Dante Exum was sidelined by an ankle injury.
Australia’s Patty Mills contributed 13 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Pistons in Detroit, 119-107.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead the way for the Spurs after Detroit set the early pace.
The Pistons jumping out to a 21-9 lead with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter before the Spurs gradually gained control.
Blake Griffin had 34 points and eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost five of their last six games and embark on a four-game road trip out west.
James Harden produced another sparkling double-double but this time he received plenty of help as the Houston Rockets extended their home-court winning streak to 10 games with a 125-113 victory over the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets.
Harden paired 32 points with 14 assists while the Rockets also received a career-high 31 points from centre Clint Capela (plus nine rebounds) and 21 points apiece from P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green.
The Boston Celtics dominated the Brooklyn Nets 116-95 to win four of their last five.
Kylie Irving, who returned after missing two games with an eye injury, scored 17 points to lead a balanced Celtics attack which had seven other players make double figures.
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 114-95 and the Los Angeles Lakers put together a dominant third quarter to rally from a 15-point deficit and defeat the host Dallas Mavericks 107-97.
Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 29 points as the Lakers earned just its second victory in seven games playing without injured star LeBron James.