Sports Mole rounds up all the action from Saturday's games in the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday night as the Chicago Bulls recorded a 110-94 victory at the United Center.
Luol Deng scored 23 points, while Derrick Rose added another 20 for the Bulls as the Pacers were left disappointed following nine successive wins.
The Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-81 at the Time Warner Cable Arena, with LeBron James posting 30 points for the defending champions.
A lack of support from his fellow starters made the contribution from the four-time MVP even more important as he recorded his eighth 20-point game of the season.
Monta Ellis scored 19 points and provided 10 assists as the Dallas Mavericks earned a 108-100 win in their game against the Orlando Magic.
The Magic hit back late in the fourth quarter but Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18, confirmed victory for the visitors with a three-point effort.
A game-winning display from Kyrie Irving earned the Cleveland Cavaliers a success over the Washington Wizards in overtime.
Irving's 41 points was enough to edge the Cavaliers to a 103-96 triumph on a dramatic evening at the Verizon Center.
The New York Knicks suffered their fifth consecutive home loss as the Atlanta Hawks emerged victorious at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 12 rebounds but the Knicks were condemned to a 110-90 defeat as the Hawks won for the sixth time this season.
The Houston Rockets produced a convincing display in front of their home supporters to ease to a 122-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Dwight Howard scored 25 points and Chandler Parsons added another 20 as the Rockets, who never trailed in the game, recorded their seventh success of the season.
Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love combined for 43 points in a 106-88 victory for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics committed 22 turnovers to gift the Timberwolves 28 points and they have now lost three games in a row.
Anthony Davis had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks as the New Orleans Pelicans cruised to an emphatic win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 points on his return from a toe injury for the Hornets, who eased past the visitors with a 135-98 victory.
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-79 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to end a two-game losing streak.
Russell Westbrook recorded 26 points and Serge Ibaka had 20 rebounds as the contenders for the Western Conference title eased to a win over the Bucks.
The Golden State Warriors continued their impressive home record with a 102-88 triumph over the Utah Jazz, who are still looking for their first success on the road.
Klay Thompson scored 25 and Stephen Curry added 15 more for the Warriors but a knee injury suffered by Jermaine O'Neal in the fourth quarter spoiled an impressive night.
The Los Angeles Clippers recorded their fifth victory of the season at the Staples Center by beating the Brooklyn Nets 110-103.
Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams all missed the game for the Nets, who pushed the hosts with a patched-up team but Blake Griifin's 30 points and 12 rebounds helped the Clippers to the win.