Raptors 99 (16-11), Hornets 109 (15-10) (OT)
No matter what, questions will arise about whether a poorly timed timeout by Kyle Lowry cost Toronto the game. DeMar DeRozan hit a 40-foot, would-be game-winner that was voided at the end regulation because of Lowry’s timeout, and the Hornets pulled away in overtime. Jeremy Lin led Charlotte with a season-high 35 points.
Thunder 100 (17-9), Cavs 104 (17-7)
The Cavs snapped OKC’s six-game winning streak behind a near triple-double from LeBron James. The fourth quarter ended on an ominous note, as pro golfer Jason Day’s wife had to be stretchered off after LeBron barreled into her while chasing a loose ball.
Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 18, 2015
Rockets 107 (13-14), Lakers 87 (4-22)
Kobe Bryant was magnificent in the third quarter, and scored 22 points in the game. It wasn’t enough, as the Lakers gave up 23 offensive rebounds and 12 three-pointers. Mamba had his share of highlights, though, including a vintage dunk on Clint Capela.