Kevin Love had 45 points and 19 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-116 in overtime. Jared Dudley's three-pointer with 38 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winner.
The Wolves looked like they had the game won in regulation, but a collapse in the final minute forced overtime. Up two with the ball with 13 seconds left, Kevin Martin turned the ball over, leading to a game-tying layup by Jamal Crawford on the other end.
Blake Griffin had an excellent game in his own right, scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the extra period. Crawford had 22 points, while Chris Paul notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 assists.
Nikola Pekovic had 34 points and 14 rebounds in support of Love, but he missed an excellent look in the final seconds of overtime that would have tied the game. Martin had 16 points, while Ricky Rubio had 12 assists.
Toronto Raptors 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 98
The Thunder appeared on the verge of a 10th straight victory, going up by as many as 11 points in the third quarter. But the Raptors showed great resolve, fighting back and stealing a victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The loss was Oklahoma City's first at home all season.
Toronto got an unlikely hero in the recently acquired John Salmons. The veteran swingman had 14 points off the bench, with nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. And it was Salmons' two free throws which broke a 98-98 tie with 1:25 to go to put the Raptors ahead for good after Kevin Durant had just evened up the score moments before.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 22 points and nine assists. Amir Johnson notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, who vaulted into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Russell Westbrook had 27 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Durant had 24 points and eight rebounds, but he went just 1-of-6 in the fourth quarter and 5-of-16 overall.
Indiana Pacers 106, Boston Celtics 79
Paul George had 24 points and Lance Stephenson recorded his league-leading third triple-double of the season as the Pacers made mincemeat out of the Celtics, who dropped out of first place in the Atlantic Division.
While George and Stephenson were great, arguably the most encouraging thing about the win for the Pacers was the play of Danny Granger. The oft-injured forward scored 12 points off the bench, knocking down 4-of-5 from three-point land.