Shake Milton scored 27 points off the bench to help the Philadelphia 76ers conclude a six-game NBA road trip with a 114-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and spoil the season debut of Australian Matthew Dellavedova.
Milton made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and joined Seth Curry by draining five 3-pointers on Thursday.
Curry had 19 points and Dwight Howard collected 18 points and 15 rebounds for the 76ers, who snapped a two-game skid to finish the trek with a 4-2 mark.
The victory allowed Philadelphia to avert a three-game season sweep at the hands of Cleveland and improve to 7-3 while four-time All-Star centre Joel Embiid is out with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Australian Ben Simmons had 13 rebounds, five assists and five points in his 24 minutes on court for the 76ers.
Cleveland welcomed back Dellavedova, who sustained a concussion during the Cavaliers' preseason opener on December 12 before having surgery on February 20 to have his appendix removed.
The Boomers guard missed all four of his shots while logging 16 minutes on court.
LaMarcus Aldridge had a strong debut for the Brooklyn Nets as they cemented their recent move past the 76ers to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 111-89 performance against the fourth-placed Charlotte Hornets.
Aldridge, recruited from the San Antonio Spurs as the Nets wait on the returns from injury of James Harden and Blake Griffin, was playing for the first time since March 1 yet contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block across 30 minutes on court.
Star player Kyrie Irving had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn, who have won 20 of their last 23 games and are 34-15 through the season.
Centre Jamal Murray's 23 points helped the Denver Nuggets to a 101-94 triumph against the Los Angeles Clippers, with the victors ahead on the scoreboard throughout as they claimed their fourth straight win.
The Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry scored 36 and had 11 rebounds but could not stop the Miami Heat from snatching their third straight victory with a 116-109 result.
Josh Jackson had a season-high 31 points, including 19 in the first half, as his Detroit Pistons punished the Washington Wizards 120-91.
A pair of jumpers from Terrence Ross in overtime proved the difference for the Orlando Magic, who went 115-110 over the injury-hit New Orleans Pelicans.
Trae Young took over late in the game for the Atlanta Hawks against the Spurs, with the point guard netting seven points in the fourth quarter before scoring another 15 across two overtimes en route to a 134-129 win. Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela finished with 28 apiece.