MVP candidate James Harden notched his second triple-double of the season as the Houston Rockets cemented their place in the Western Conference's top three with victory over the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
The Wolves were level at the break, but ended up losing by 11 points as Harden recorded 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, also equalling his career-high for blocks with four.
Luke Babbitt scored a season-high 18 for the Pelicans, including a late three-pointer that gave the hosts their first lead of the game.
The diminutive point-guard scored eight of his 31 points in the final two minutes as Boston earned a 115-110 win at US Airways Center, handing the Suns their fifth loss in a row.
Like Phoenix, reigning champions the San Antonio Spurs are also struggling and fell to their third straight defeat last night.
Denver have lost 16 of 18, including seven in a row at home - their longest losing streak at Pepsi Center for 12 years.
Neither side shot better than 35% from the field as Chicago dominated the rebounds 62-41 to help them to victory.
Results in full: Philadelphia 76ers 108-119 Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks 71-87 Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves 102-113 Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors 97-100 New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets 110-82 Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics 115-110 Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs 81-90 Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies 90-87 Los Angeles Clippers