Solomon Hill’s best performance of his career led the New Orleans Pelicans to a 128-112 win over the Houston Rockets.
Hill scored 30 points, with seven assists, to make light of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins’ absence through injury.
The Rockets’ James Harden will feel unfortunate to be on the losing side as he recorded 41 points, had 14 rebounds and made 11 assists.
The Boston Celtics held off a late rally from the Brooklyn Nets to win 98-95 while the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 87-75.
The Philadelphia 76ers hammered the Dallas Mavericks 116-74, the Washington Wizards won 112-107 against the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat shut down the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-105.
There were also wins for the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks.