Spurs secure 13th straight win
The San Antonio Spurs pulled two games clear in the NBA Western Conference with a 99-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tiago Splitter had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Spurs, hitting form down the stretch as they regularly do, improved their cushion ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 13th straight win.
The Los Angeles Clippers are in line for the third seed and they beat the Detroit Pistons 112-103.
Chris Paul had 15 assists, including the 6,000th of his career, to add to his 28 points while Blake Griffin poured in 25.
The Houston Rockets enjoyed a 118-111 success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by James Harden's 37 points and 11 assists.
Eastern Conference leaders the Indiana Pacers were off colour against the Memphis Grizzlies, who won 82-71 at the FedEx Forum.
Mike Conley scored 21 points and Zach Randolph 18, while only Lance Stephenson (15) and David West (10) reached double figures for Indiana.
Nearest challengers the Miami Heat also lost, 105-95 to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds to outshine even LeBron James, who led the Heat with 25.
The Chicago Bulls improved their play-off position with a 91-81 win over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers, whose 24th successive defeat took them within two of an all-time NBA record. Joakim Noah top-scored with 20 points.
Al Jefferson (28 points), Kemba Walker (26) and Gerald Henderson (23) led the Charlotte Bobcats to a thumping 124-94 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Utah Jazz edged out the Orlando Magic 89-88, Richard Jefferson scoring 21 points and Trey Burke 17 including the winning three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining.