Spurs streak continues
The San Antonio Spurs did not let the All-Star break disrupt their momentum as they continued the regular season with win number 43.
A 108-102 defeat of the Sacramento Kings in the first round back since the showpiece means they remain the NBA's leading side and handsome leaders of the Southwest Division.
Tony Parker scored 30 points and offered 11 assists, while Tim Duncan hoovered up 14 rebounds.
Joe Johnson was twice the hero for the Brooklyn Nets as they snatched a 113-111 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Johnson landed 24 points in total, including a three-pointer in the closing moments to tie the scores and a winning shot in the added time.
Brandon Jennings top-scored for the match with 34 but it was not enough for the Bucks to extend their 13-game winning run in the fixture.
The Toronto Raptors were 96-88 winners over the Washington Wizards as Demar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each helped themselves to 24 points.
The result means the Raptors have now won three away fixtures in a row for the first time in almost six years.
The Charlotte Bobcats claimed a 105-92 success against the Orlando Magic as Byron Mullens continued his hot streak.
His return of 20 points and 12 rebounds was a decisive effort, while Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker both managed 24 points.
The Memphis Grizzlies recorded their fourth win in succession with a 105-91 defeat of the Detroit Pistons, with Mike Conley's 19 the highest individual tally in a low-scoring day for the starters.
Luol Deng's 20 points inspired the Chicago Bulls to a first win in three, 96-87 over the New Orleans Hornets.
The Utah Jazz took their winning spree to three and condemned the Golden State Warriors to a negative snap of six in a row with a 115-101 success.
Stephen Curry was on the losing side but topped the scoring charts with 29.
The Denver Nuggets saw off the Boston Celtics 97-90 and the Phoenix Suns triumphed 102-98 at the Portland Trail Blazers.