Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 119-118 victory over Brooklyn.
Former Slam Dunk Contest champion Dwight Howard, NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard and Trae Young and Toronto's Pascal Siakam are highlight entrants into the All-Star Saturday Night festivities announced Tuesday by the league.
The tears continued to flow and the tributes kept pouring in on Wednesday, three days after five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was killed in a devastating helicopter crash.
Kyrie Irving again watched from the sidelines on Friday as his Brooklyn Nets bounced back against his former NBA team, beating the Boston Celtics 112-107 at Barclays Center.
The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by clobbering the Los Angeles Clippers, while the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic delivered a pair of upset victories as the NBA playoffs began Saturday.
D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points as the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets upset the Philadelphia 76ers 111-102 in their opening NBA playoff game on Saturday.
Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140.
Danny Green rattled in the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds remaining as the Toronto Raptors improved to a NBA-best 26-10 record with a 106-104 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.