The Miami Heat lost on the road to the Indiana Pacers in NBA action on Tuesday, while the Houston Rockets beat the Lakers at home.
Scores were tied at half-time in Indiana, but a 25-15 third term put the Pacers in control and they went on to register an 87-77 victory.
Paul George contributed a team-high 29 points for the Pacers, while team-mates David West (14) and Lance Stephenson (13) also scored in double figures.
Dwyane Wade led the way for the Heat with 30 points, while LeBron James chipped in with 22.
Chris Bosh (14) was the only other Miami player to score in double figures as the Heat fell to a 23-10 win-loss record for the season.
Indiana improves to 21-14, which is good enough for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets came from behind to notch a 125-112 triumph over an undermanned Los Angeles Lakers outfit.
Despite having Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol sidelined with injury, the Lakers made a bright start to the contest and led by as many as 12 during the first term.
But the Rockets closed to within three at half-time, before outscoring their opponents 38-26 during the third quarter to take control of the match.
MVP candidate James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, while Chandler Parsons (20), Carlos Delfino (19) and Jeremy Lin (19) played strong supporting roles.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant was held to just 20 points, with veteran Metta World Peace leading the way for the visitors with 24.
The Rockets (21-14) have the sixth best record in the Western Conference, while the Lakers (15-19) currently sit outside the playoff picture.
In other matches on Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets crushed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-89, the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Phoenix Suns 108-99 and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Atlanta Hawks 108-103.