A weakened Golden State Warriors were comfortably beaten by a similarly under-par San Antonio Spurs to leave their chances of picking up the number one seed in the west in real danger.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were all absent as the Spurs cruised to a 107-85 win, closing the gap between the sides to one game.
The Spurs – themselves without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge – were led by Patty Mills’ 21 points.
Eastern Conference favourites Cleveland got back on track after a run of three straight losses with a 112-104 win at Orlando. LeBron James registered his ninth triple-double of the season for the Cavs.
Those numbers are nothing compared to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, though.
The MVP front-runner passed Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most triple-doubles in a season, with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists taking him to 32.
“I just play,” said Westbrook, matter-of-fact, after a 112-104 win over Utah.
Anthony Davis celebrated his 24th birthday with 46 points and 21 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-122 after overtime.
Twenty-eight points from Tobias Harris got Detroit a 112-92 home win over the New York Knicks and Chris Paul put up 30 as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-100.
The Toronto Raptors’ chances of catching Cleveland look all-but over and they were beaten 104-89 by the improving Miami Heat, Dion Waiters leading with 20 points, while the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-95.
Washington are Cleveland’s closest rivals, three games back, and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 125-124 after overtime, John Wall scoring 39 points, while elsewhere there were wins for Denver (105-92 v Sacramento), Phoenix (100-98 v Dallas) and Atlanta (107-90 v Memphis).