LeBron James had missed 26 of the Los Angeles Lakers' past 28 matches but added 24 points in a vital win on his return.
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced a performance not seen since Charles Barkley in the 1980s as the Milwaukee Bucks won again.
The Los Angeles Lakers have dealt with injuries all season long and will hope Anthony Davis is not forced to miss their next game.
The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to avoid the play-in tournament and helped their cause with a last-gasp win over the New York Knicks.
Anthony Davis was the hero on Sunday as the New York Knicks topped the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 48 points as the Utah Jazz stayed on top in the Western Conference.
Anthony Davis scored 25 points in LeBron James' absence as the Los Angeles Lakers moved back up to fifth in the West.
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a third straight defeat as LeBron James exiting the game nursing an ankle worry.
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.