Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 108-101 to register their third victory over the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division leaders this season.
Deng completed 13 of 18 from the field, while also playing a key role in negating the threat of the ever-dangerous Carmelo Anthony, whose 39 points were not enough.
Carlos Boozer once again impressed with 17 points as the Bulls moved to two wins behind Eastern Conference Central pace-setters Indiana, while this defeat was the Knicks' third in a row.
Brooklyn Nets kept the pressure on the Knicks with a 99-79 triumph over the Phoenix Suns to move to one win behind their city rivals.
Joe Johnson top scored with 19 points, while MarShon Brooks added 17 points off the bench, while Jared Dudley led the Suns with 18 points and Shannon Brown had 15 off the bench for Phoenix who have now lost five straight.
Kevin Durrant made a season-high 42 points as the Oakland City Thunder eased to a 116-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers who suffered their sixth successive defeat.
Atlanta Hawks battled back from 15 points behind to beat the Utah Jazz 103-95 with Devin Harris leading the way scoring a season high 24 points.
Randy Foye top scored with 25 for Utah, who went into the match off the back of four wins in their last five, while Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Milsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to five matches with a 103-91 win over the Houston Rockets.
Paul Pierce top scored with 23 - 16 of which came in the second half - while Kevin Garnett contributed 17 points and four blocks.