Danilo Gallinari top scored 17 points as the Denver Nuggets stopped the Los Angeles Clippers' franchise- record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory on Tuesday night.
The Clippers' streak was the longest in the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 in a row from November 15-December 23, 2008.
Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their eighth in a row at home. Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, while forward Andre Iguodala also chipped in with 12 points and eight assists.
Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe had 12 points apiece to lead Los Angeles, who were hurt by poor shooting from three-point range (five of 29, 17.2 per cent) and the free-throw line (13 of 29, 44.8 per cent).
In New York, the Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony's 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire's season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100.
Nicolas Batum led the way for Portland with 26 points, while Damian Lillard added 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Injured players deliver
Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options.
In Washington, Vince Carter scored 23 points and O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison had 15 apiece, as the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Washington Wizards.
Dallas, which had arrived in Washington in the midst of their longest slump in nearly 14 years, rallied after trailing by four at the half by outscoring the Wizards 35-19 in the third to take an 83-71 lead.
In Los Angeles, Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists and Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers 103-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers, with only 15 wins, have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began the defence of their third-straight NBA title with a 12-19 record.
In other games, Josh Smith scored 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Charlotte Bobcats 95-86 and Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Detroit Pistons' 103-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings.