The 20th annual Laureus World Sports Awards will take place on Monday in Berlin, with Lionel Messi and Liverpool in the hunt.
Kyle Lowry likened the Toronto Raptors to the undead, but head coach Nick Nurse believes their championship hopes are alive and well.
The Toronto Raptors finally lost as the Milwaukee Bucks went down in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.
D'Angelo Russell was unable to prevent the Toronto Raptors extended their magnificent winning run to 15 matches on Monday.
Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to a comfortable win over the Phoenix Suns.
The Minnesota Timberwolves ended their losing streak with a surprise win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Toronto Raptors stayed hot as the Philadelphia 76ers returned to winning ways on Friday.
The teams are set for the NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Chicago on February 16.
The Toronto Raptors battled back against the Indiana Pacers to set a franchise record, despite Nick Nurse accepting "we weren't very good".
Serge Ibaka lifted the Toronto Raptors past the Indiana Pacers and to a 12th straight NBA win.