Joel Embiid fuelled the streaking Philadelphia 76ers as Russell Westbrook posted another triple-double midweek.
Anthony Davis scored 25 points in LeBron James' absence as the Los Angeles Lakers moved back up to fifth in the West.
There were mixed fortunes for the Boston Celtics last week, even as Jayson Tatum and a rookie team-mate excelled.
The Indiana Pacers showed no mercy against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Denver Nuggets took down the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jayson Tatum tied Larry Bird's Celtics all-time single game scoring record in their over-time win over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Phoenix Suns have enjoyed their meetings with the Utah Jazz this season and could move level at the top of the West with another win.
The Phoenix Suns reached for the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10, while NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers lost again.
The Utah Jazz went down to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards crashed back down to earth.
DeMar DeRozan got the better of Zion Williamson down the stretch to lead the Spurs past the Pelicans in New Orleans.
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets both lost on Wednesday although Joel Embiid almost produced heroics on the buzzer.