The Cleveland Cavaliers held off a strong challenge from the New York Knicks to win for the eighth game in a row in one of 11 NBA matches on Friday night.
LeBron James finished as the game's top scorer with 31 and restricted Carmelo Anthony to just four second-half points after the Knicks forward had poured in 22 in the first two frames.
Russell Westbrook, with 21 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists, had a triple-double for the second game in a row as the Thunder recovered from a slow start to ease to a 102-85 success.
Two other teams enduring sluggish form met at FedExForum and it was the hosting Memphis Grizzlies that won for the first time in five and inflicted a fourth straight defeat on the Portland Trail Blazers.
Memphis almost surrendered an 11-point fourth-quarter lead, but Zach Randolph's putback with 0.6s on the clock salvaged a 101-100 victory for the Grizzlies, with Marc Gasol scoring a season-high 31 points.
The contest was level after two quarters, but Boston pulled away in the second half as they began to connect on more of their shots while remaining tight defensively.
The Mavs have now won nine in a row against the Lakers after Zaza Pachulia's fifth double-double of the season (18 points, 16 rebounds) helped them to victory.
DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 40 points, while Rajon Rondo had his third triple-double in four games with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists as the Kings made it back-to-back wins after losing six on the bounce.
The Wolves had won all four of their away games this season, but fell to defeat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as George, with 29 points, surpassed 25 for the sixth game in a row.
Results in full: Minnesota Timberwolves 103-107 Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz 93-102 Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks 93-106 Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers 90-84 New York Knicks, New Orleans Pelicans 81-100 Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets 97-102 Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers 100-101 Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers 85-102 Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers 82-90 Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets 98-107 Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets 109-111 Sacramento Kings