The Los Angeles Clippers ended a two-game skid after topping the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors were 'rudderless' without Stephen Curry in a 53-point loss while Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated for the Bucks.
The Brooklyn Nets now lead the East but lost James Harden on Wednesday and have a worrying trend of slow starts.
Kyrie Irving fuelled the Brooklyn Nets, while the Utah Jazz feared for their lives prior to Wednesday's win against the Memphis Grizzlies.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook flexed their muscles in the NBA on Monday.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat Doc Rivers' streaking Philadelphia 76ers, while Gregg Popovich celebrated a milestone victory.
James Harden returned after neck soreness with 44 points for the Brooklyn Nets, while Blake Griffin impressed against his former side.
Kyle Lowry stayed with the Raptors on Thursday, but Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo and Rajon Rondo were all on the move in the NBA.
The Toronto Raptors kept title-winning great Kyle Lowry on Thursday as the NBA's trade deadline passed.
James Harden was absent as Donovan Mitchell had 27 points in a 30-point Utah Jazz win over the Brooklyn Nets.