James Harden starred as the Houston Rockets suffered a surprise NBA loss, while the Boston Celtics won without Isaiah Thomas.
Harden's big triple-double was not enough for the Rockets, who went down to the New Orleans Pelicans 128-112 on Friday.
Even without star Thomas, the Celtics got the job done, edging the Brooklyn Nets 98-95.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors rallied past the Detroit Pistons.
HARDEN HEROICS NOT ENOUGH
Harden posted 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, but the Rockets were beaten.
His latest performance saw him set the record for most 40+ point triple-doubles in a season with six.
Solomon Hill (30 points) and Anthony Davis (24 points and 15 rebounds) saw the Pelicans to victory.
DeMarcus Cousins missed the clash due to injury.
NO THOMAS, NO PROBLEMS
Thomas was sidelined with a knee injury for the Celtics, but Boston still got past the Nets.
Jae Crowder had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, one of five Celtics to have double digits in points.
The Raptors outscored the Pistons 27-9 in the fourth quarter to claim an 87-75 victory.
DeMar DeRozan had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Raptors.
THE BEARD SHINES
Harden pic.twitter.com/RNGmREJjQm— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 18, 2017
WIZARDS BEAT BULLS, 76ERS CRUISE
The Washington Wizards got 20 assists from John Wall to edge the Chicago Bulls 112-107, while the Philadelphia 76ers thrashed the Dallas Mavericks 116-74.
The Orlando Magic beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103, the Miami Heat eased past the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-105 and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to overcome the Los Angeles Lakers 107-103.
CAVS AT CLIPPERS
The Cleveland Cavaliers (45-22) are sure to be tested when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers (40-29) at Staples Center on Saturday.
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