James Harden returned after neck soreness with 44 points for the Brooklyn Nets, while Blake Griffin impressed against his former side.
Dwight Howard was ejected on his return to the Staples Center but the Philadelphia 76ers beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers.
The Philadelphia 76ers were too good for the Los Angeles Lakers, while De'Aaron Fox starred in Sacramento.
The Toronto Raptors kept title-winning great Kyle Lowry on Thursday as the NBA's trade deadline passed.
LeBron James and Joel Embiid are missing, but we could learn a lot about NBA champions the Lakers and contenders the 76ers on Thursday.
The New Orleans Pelicans inflicted a third straight defeat on the LA Lakers, who are struggling without Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
James Harden once again fuelled the Brooklyn Nets, who remain hot on the trail of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, who died on Monday.
LeBron James was in attendance in Phoenix on Sunday, but his presence could not inspire the Lakers to victory against the Suns.
It was an eventful day in the NBA as James Harden and Kyrie Irving starred, while the Houston Rockets crashed.