LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-103 victory over city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, with a top score of 25 points, ending the Lakers' four-game losing streak.
Anthony Davis contributed 22 points to the win, while Paul George and Ivica Zubac scored 22 points for the Clippers, who suffered their first defeat in six matches.
James expressed optimism about the team's potential for improvement, considering the game a positive step in the right direction.
In another notable match, Kyrie Irving's 35 points and Luka Doncic's 34 led the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-108 victory over the Western Conference leaders, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Despite the Timberwolves initially holding a lead, the Mavericks staged a comeback with 13 unanswered points, securing a crucial win.
RJ Barrett's season-high 37 points propelled the Toronto Raptors to a 133-118 victory against the Golden State Warriors, where Stephen Curry struggled, scoring only nine points.
The New Orleans Pelicans dominated the Sacramento Kings with a 133-100 win, featuring CJ McCollum's impressive 30-point performance and contributions from seven Pelicans players scoring in double figures.
Despite Victor Wembanyama's 24 points, the San Antonio Spurs fell short against the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing 117-115. Jarrett Allen's 29 points and Caris LeVert's 23 off the bench contributed to the Cavaliers' success, marking the Spurs' fifth consecutive defeat.
The Detroit Pistons continued their challenging season, losing 131-114 to the Denver Nuggets and extending their road losing streak to 18 games. Mikal Bridges' 42 points for the Brooklyn Nets couldn't prevent a 134-127 overtime defeat by the Portland Trail Blazers.
In other matchups, the Orlando Magic secured a 117-110 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks, while the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-115.