Joel Embiid netted 36 points and added 14 rebounds as his Philadelphia 76ers side beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-103.
The 76ers cemented their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference while defeat put an end t the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.
“I think he’s clearly the MVP this season,” said team-mate Ben Simmons. “I don’t think teams really know what to do when guarding him.”
Western Conference leaders the Utah Jazz defeated the Indiana Pacers 119-111 but lost two-time All Star Donovan Mitchell in the third quarter as he limped off with a sprained right ankle.
Norman Powell sealed victory for the Portland Trail Blazers with 22 seconds remaining as they came from behind to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 107-106.
There was a narrow victory for the Washington Wizards as Russell Westbrook netted two free throws with one second left in overtime to clinch a 117-115 result over the New Orleans Pelicans.