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Not even 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds from Australia's Ben Simmons was enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers the victory against their Eastern Conference rivals Boston on Saturday.
The Celtics were too strong at home winning 116-95 thanks to Jaylen Brown's 32 points and Jayson Tatum's 25 which secured their first win in four meetings this season.
Marcus Smart had 16 points and Brad Wanamaker chipped in with 15 as the Celtics (33-15) won for the sixth time in their last seven games.
LeBron James claimed his 11th triple-double of the season as the Los Angeles Lakers picked up their first victory since the death of Kobe Bryant, beating the Kings 129-113.
The Lakers headed to Sacramento with purpose after losing their first game following Bryant's passing - against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
James' 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds combined with Anthony Davis' 21 points to ensure the Lakers secured the win.
The victory continued the team's strong record away from home, making them the first team in NBA history to win 15 consecutive Western Conference road games.
The Golden State Warriors are hopeful Steph Curry will return from injury in a month, but they did not need him as they triumphed 131-112 at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
An impressive third quarter, in which the visitors outscored the Cavaliers 44-19 off the back of 10-for-14 on thee-pointers, helped stop a 10-game streak of losing on the road.
In a Florida derby, the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 102-89, the Brooklyn Nets lost 113-107 to the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks fell 123-100 to the Dallas Mavericks courtesy of 27 points from Jalen Brunson.
Elsewhere, the LA Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-106 and the Indiana Pacers went down 92-85 to the New York Knicks.
The San Antonio Spurs raced clear in the second half to overcome the Charlotte Hornets 114-90, while Portland followed up their victory against the Lakers with Damian Lillard starring again with 51 points in the 124-107 win over the Utah Jazz.