The Philadelphia 76ers have ended the Los Angeles Clippers winning streak at seven games with a 106-103 home win, driven by 36 points from Joel Embiid.
Furkan Korkmaz added 18 points while Ben Simmons had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Sixers, who have won four in a row.
"I don't think teams really know what to do when guarding him," Simmons said of Embiid.
"I think he's clearly the MVP this season. He's been so dominant.
"I don't know how to stop him."
Paul George had 37 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who were without Kawhi Leonard for a fourth-straight game with a sore right foot.
"I thought we did a good job," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
"Overall, I like the way we fought and competed."
After beating the Brooklyn Nets minus James Harden and Kevin Durant two days ago, the Sixers beat another of the league's contenders, although again neither team was at full strength.
"I liked our intensity," Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.
"We played really hard."
Tobias Harris (right knee soreness), Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness) and Dwight Howard (left knee soreness) didn't play for Philadelphia.
From the best in the east to the best in the west, tough team defence rescued the Utah Jazz after Donovan Mitchell left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.
The NBA-leading Jazz rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111 despite finishing without Mitchell, who scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
X-rays on the ankle were negative for any major damage and Mitchell was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday evening.
The Jazz erased a double-digit deficit and tied it at 89-89 heading into the fourth quarter before a 10-0 run helped them close out the game.
Elsewhere, Kevin Durant had 25 points as the Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 130-115, Russell Westbrook made two free throws with one second left in overtime in the Washington Wizards' 117-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 107-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who missed three shots on their final possession, while Nikola Jokic's 50th double-double of the season guided the Denver Nuggets to a 128-99 drubbing of the Houston Rockets.