The Toronto Raptors ended the Los Angeles Clippers' home winning streak on Saturday, while the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a four-game skid.
Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas contributed big numbers as the Raptors won 110-98 in Los Angeles, condemning the Clippers to their first loss at Staples Center in eight outings.
Lowry posted a game-high 25 points, while big man Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a double-double performance for the Eastern Conference leaders, who boast a 23-7 win-loss record.
The Raptors flexed their muscles in the second half, outscoring the Clippers 61-49 as the Toronto franchise took to the court for the first time since losing to the Chicago Bulls 129-120 on Monday.
J.J. Redick (23), Blake Griffin (22) and Jamal Crawford (20) all scored double-digit points but it was in vain for the Clippers (20-11) on home court.
DeAndre Jordan collected a game-high 20 rebounds in 38 minutes.
While the Clippers lost, there was finally some joy for the Grizzlies, who trumped the Miami Heat 103-95 on the road.
The Grizzlies had lost consecutive games against the Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets prior to tip-off at American Airlines Arena.
But star duo Mike Conley and Marc Gasol lifted the Grizzlies (22-8) - second in the Western Conference Southwest Division - to an overdue win in a game where they never trailed.
Conley had 24 points, which included four three-pointers in Miami and Spanish team-mate Gasol served up 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for the Heat (14-17), who dropped to 6-11 at home.
Jimmy Butler continued his breakout season as the in-form Chicago Bulls downed the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100.
Butler was 12-of-18 from the field for a game-best 33 points to help the Bulls to a sixth successive win (21-9).
Derrick Rose (19), Aaron Brooks (13), Taj Gibson (12, 10 rebounds) and Nikola Mirotic (10) also had double-digit points.
Bulls centre Joakim Noah talked up Anthony Davis pre-game but the All-Star big man could not prevent the Pelicans (15-15) from slipping to their second loss in a week, despite 29 points and 11 boards.
Jeff Teague and Al Horford combined for 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 90-85.
The Indiana Pacers saw off the Brooklyn Nets 110-95 thanks to double-digit points from seven players and veteran Paul Pierce turned back the clock with 17 points as the Washington Wizards accounted for the Boston Celtics 101-88.
Kemba Walker registered 42 points but the Charlotte Hornets still lost 102-94 to the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz survived a second-half rally to beat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers 88-71.
The league-leading Golden State Warriors ended a run of back-to-back defeats courtesy of a 110-97 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while DeMarcus Cousins carried the Sacramento Kings to a 135-129 overtime win at home to the New York Knicks.