The New York Knicks snapped a 16-match losing streak in Monday's NBA action, while Atlanta won again.
The New York Knicks ended a 16-match winless streak with a 99-92 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans in Monday's NBA action.
The Knicks' win highlighted the day's proceedings, as they claimed just their sixth victory from 42 attempts this season.
A fast start was critical, with the hosts jumping out to a 22-16 lead at the first change.
Led by Carmelo Anthony (24 points, nine rebounds), New York extended their lead to 12 points at the main break.
And although the Pelicans closed strongly, New York held on - Jose Calderon's three-pointer with 32 seconds left proving crucial.
Before Calderon's triple, New Orleans were within one point, but his big shot brought the Madison Square Garden crowd to their feet.
And three late free throws to Anthony sealed a much-needed win for the Knicks.
Langston Galloway added 21 points and five rebounds for the victors.
Tyreke Evans was New Orleans' best performer, with 23 points and nine rebounds.
As one streak ended, another continued, as the Atlanta Hawks posted a 13th successive win.
The Hawks had Mike Scott and Paul Millsap both contribute 20 points in their 93-82 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Atlanta are now just two wins short of a team record for successive victories.
LeBron James hit 26 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 108-94 triumph over the Chicago Bulls.
Kyrie Irving (18 points, 12 assists) and Kevin Love (16 points, 12 rebounds) also impressed for Cleveland.
James Harden put in a performance to remember as he shot 45 points in the Houston Rockets' 110-98 success against the Indiana Pacers.
Harden is the NBA's leading scorer this year, and has shot 40 points or more on four occasions.
Blake Griffin hit 22 points as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 102-93.
The news was not as good for the Clippers' cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, who were beaten 115-100 by the Phoenix Suns.
There were close wins for the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-94 over the Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors, 92-89 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Dallas Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95, while the Golden State Warriors thrashed a hapless Denver Nuggets 122-79.
Washington and Charlotte also won well.
The Wizards cruised to a 111-76 success against the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Bobcats beat Minnesota Timberwolves 105-80.