Nuggets 106 (8-13), 76ers 98 (4-17)
Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray combined for 68 points, and the Nuggets won the final three quarters by 17 to top the 76ers. Embiid continued to impress in limited action, posting 16 points and 5 blocks in 26 minutes.
Cavaliers 116 (14-5), Raptors 112 (14-7)
LeBron put up a season-high 34 points, helping the Cavs break a three-game losing streak. He had some highlight plays along the way:
Unfortunately, Cleveland lost J.R. Smith to a left knee injury in the early stages. No precise diagnosis yet, but hopefully it’s not that bad.
Wizards 118 (7-12), Nets 113 (5-15)
John Wall posted 11 of his 25 in the fourth quarter, propelling the Wizards to a five-point victory over Brooklyn. Washington trailed by 15 at the break, but opened the third with a 13-0 run to get back in it. Brook Lopez had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Nets.
Thunder 102 (14-8), Hawks 99 (10-12)
Can’t be stopped. Russ notched his sixth straight triple-double tonight (32 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists), giving him the longest streak since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989. The Thunder have won all six of those games. Victor Oladipo contributed 14 and had maybe the dunk of the year.
Trail Blazers 112 (12-10), Bulls 110 (11-9)
Lillard time. The rising superstar showed out in the fourth, dropping 11 of his 30 in the final six minutes of the game. Dwyane Wade did his thing for Chicago: 34 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists.
Spurs 97 (17-4), Bucks 96 (10-9)
LaMarcus Aldridge (18p, 9r, 5a) scored the go-ahead bucket with 21.2 seconds remaining, as the Spurs improved to 12-0 on the road this season. Despite foul trouble, Giannis finished with 22 points and 11 boards, including one crazy putback:
Grizzlies 110 (14-8), Pelicans 108 (7-15)
Reminder: Marc Gasol can shoot the three now. The big man splashed a trey with seven seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, and Memphis eventually got the win in double OT. Gasol finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Troy Daniels hit seven long balls and chipped in 29 total. The Pels were led by Anthony Davis’ 28 points and 17 boards.
Rockets 107 (14-7), Celtics 106 (12-9)
Houston trailed by six heading into the fourth, but fought their way back behind James Harden. The Beard had 37, 8, and 8 for the game (his ninth 30-point performance). Al Horford (21p, 9a, 6r) had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but just couldn’t get it to drop.
Hornets 109 (12-9), Mavericks 101 (4-16)
Behind a balanced scoring effort, the Hornets overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Mavs. Dwight Powell had the biggest highlight of the game, however:
Bogut went down in the first quarter with a right knee injury, which led Charlotte to dominate the boards. According to coach Carlisle, the knee was only hyperextended, so Dallas fans can breath a sigh of relief.
Jazz 107 (13-9), Lakers 101 (10-13)
The Lakers rallied in the fourth, but Utah hung on to their lead to improve to 13-9. Lou Williams balled for LA again, putting up an impressive 38 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds off the bench. Six players scored in double figures for the Jazz.
Warriors 142 (18-3), Pacers 106 (10-11)
It was a historic night at Oracle, with Klay Thompson dropping a career-high 60 POINTS in just 29 minutes of action (21/33 shooting). He became the first player since Kobe in 2005 to hit the 60 mark through three quarters. The sharpshooter had 40 in the first half alone, and the Golden State bench was absolutely loving it:
It was a performance for the ages, and it sparked the Warriors’ to a massive 142-106 victory.