The Golden State Warriors tied the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history by defeating the Indiana Pacers 131-123 for their 27th straight regular-season success in one of six games on Tuesday night.
The Warriors extended the best-ever start to a season to 23-0 and are now six more wins from tying the all-time winning streak of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
The reigning champions scored 111 points after just three quarters, sparked by Klay Thompson's season-high 39 points, which included 10 three-pointers and eight in the first half alone. Indiana produced a fourth-quarter fightback to cut the gap, but the Warriors held on.
At Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent slump came to an end as they earned a first win in four by fighting back to overcome the Portland Trail Blazers 105-100.
The former MVP scored 32 points on 11-14 shooting to go with 10 rebounds as the Thunder improved to 13-8 and cemented their place in third in the Western Conference.
Houston had won three in a row, but toiled throughout as Brook Lopez top-scored for the hosts with 24 points. Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 32 on 12-18 shooting for the Rockets, but stars James Harden and Dwight Howard struggled.
Results in full: Portland Trail Blazers 100-105 Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors 131-123 Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets 105-110 Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder 125-88 Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic 85-74 Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz 106-114 Sacramento Kings