The Los Angeles Lakers returned to winning ways in the NBA, while James Harden's 50 points were not enough for the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

In a clash between two Western Conference high-flyers, the Lakers were too good for the Denver Nuggets 105-96.

Anthony Davis' double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds and LeBron James' 25 points and nine assists saw the Lakers bounce back from their loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Lakers are now 18-3 and hold a 2.5-game lead atop the Western Conference.

Harden had 50 points for the Rockets, but they suffered a 135-133 double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

While Harden went 11-of-38 from the field – and 24-of-24 from the free-throw line – Russell Westbrook was seven-of-30 on his way to a triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

In contrast, Bryn Forbes went 10-of-13 to finish with 25 points for San Antonio.

 

Doncic delivers again

Luka Doncic had 33 points and 18 rebounds in the Mavericks' 118-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jimmy Butler's triple-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists helped the Miami Heat to a 121-110 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.

Paul George (25 points) and Montrezl Harrell (26) saw the Los Angeles Clippers past the Portland Trail Blazers 117-97.

 

Raptors trio struggle

Harden and Westbrook battled for the Rockets, but so did three Raptors. Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet combined to go 12-of-48 from the field in the loss to Miami.

 

Neat work from Doncic

Doncic's beautiful footwork helped set up a basket against the Pelicans.

Tuesday's results

Detroit Pistons 127-94 Cleveland Cavaliers
Orlando Magic 127-120 Washington Wizards
Miami Heat 121-110 Toronto Raptors
Dallas Mavericks 118-97 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 135-133 Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers 105-96 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers 117-97 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Heat at Celtics

Two of the Eastern Conference's best teams meet when the Heat (15-5) visit the Boston Celtics (14-5).

Giannis Antetokounmpo has no doubt the Milwaukee Bucks can stay locked in and on top form amid a historic start to the NBA season.

The Bucks extended their winning run to 12 games - their best such streak since 1981-82 - by thrashing the New York Knicks 132-88 at Fiserv Forum on Monday, improving to an NBA-leading record of 18-3, which matched the franchise's best start.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo contributed 29 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes on the floor as the Knicks suffered a seventh straight loss.

Asked how the Bucks can maintain their mental edge during the run, Antetokounmpo said: "We've got to do our job. It starts with the coaching staff, it starts with the leader. When I come here, I'm not thinking about the 12 games we've won, I'm thinking, 'How can I do my job? How can I win tonight?' That's the most important thing.

"What we've done for 12 games, I know we're playing great basketball and everybody's having fun, but that's in the past. We've got to keep getting better, keep improving as a team, because we're trying to translate everything we're doing right now to the end of the year. We've got to keep takings steps forward.

"Everybody shows up every day and they're hungry. Nobody is relaxed. We show up, we do our job, we smile, we're having fun and it's nice. Usually teams tend to relax, but we don't do that."

Antetokounmpo claimed his 20th double-double in 21 appearances this season and believes he has made significant strides as a creative force for Milwaukee.

"I'm just trying to find my team-mates. I get a load of double-teaming, so that was a little bit frustrating because my pass was not as accurate, usually they're more accurate. It was something that I knew I had to do more going through the season," he added.

"I learned from the playoffs last season that I have to playmake the whole game. Mentally I was prepared enough for this season to do it more, and I think by doing that [you] definitely take a step forward, you get better. I think I've got a lot better in that aspect in my game."

The Milwaukee Bucks were untroubled on their way to a 12th straight win in the NBA, while the Philadelphia 76ers also claimed a victory on Monday.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks crushed the struggling New York Knicks 132-88 to improve to 18-3.

Giannis Antetokounmpo only played 22 minutes, but still finished with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bucks' bench was again given a chance to impress and D.J. Wilson finished with 19 points, while George Hill contributed 14.

The 76ers stretched their own winning streak to four by overcoming the Utah Jazz 103-94.

Joel Embiid had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tobias Harris finished with 26 points.

 

Young helps Hawks end losing run

Trae Young's 24 points and seven assists helped the Atlanta Hawks end a 10-game losing streak by beating the Golden State Warriors 104-79.

Domantas Sabonis' 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists saw the Indiana Pacers past the Memphis Grizzlies 117-104.

 

Woes for Barrett, Knox

The Knicks were thrashed by the Bucks and RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox II struggled. Barrett went 0-of-nine from the field and had two points in 20 minutes, while Knox was one-of-nine.

 

Heroic Horford

76ers forward Al Horford produced a huge defensive play to deny Bojan Bogdanovic.

Monday's results

Phoenix Suns 109-104 Charlotte Hornets
Philadelphia 76ers 103-94 Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks 104-79 Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers 117-104 Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks 132-88 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 113-106 Sacramento Kings

 

Lakers at Nuggets

The top two in the Western Conference do battle. The Lakers (17-3) will look to bounce back from their defeat to the Dallas Mavericks when they visit the Denver Nuggets (13-4) on Tuesday.

The Lakers are on fire, as of November 29 they're 16-2 this season and not many teams will be able to slow them down. Some online sports betting sites even favor them to win the NBA Championship over teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Rockets and Raptors.

What makes the Lakers so tough to beat this season? Read on for the three-part answer. 

LeBron James at Point Guard

Last Thursday's game in New Orleans proves why making LeBron James the starting point guard was the right move by the Lakers. James sparked another Lakers comeback, helping come from behind and beat the Pelicans 114-110. The three-time NBA champion made sure the Lakers would end their four-game road trip with a perfect record and he reached another milestone in the process.

With his 29 points, James became the fourth player in league history to score over 33,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant. He also had 11 assists and five rebounds.

LeBron James leads the NBA, averaging 11.0 assists per game and many have been to Anthony Davis. The mood at the Smoothie King Center was tense because of Davis' return but James is no stranger to hostile crowds and he even said that AD received some cheers.

"I mean they still love them [in New Orleans] you heard a lot of cheers as well... you heard some boos obviously, some people boo just because they don't even know why they just want to be a part of the spectacle."

Anthony Davis' Effort at Both Ends of the Floor

AD had his first game at the Smoothie King Center since the blockbuster trade that sent him from New Orleans to Los Angeles and he played inspired basketball, leading the Lakers with 41 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes, becoming the first player in NBA history to score 40 points in his first game against a former team.

Davis is averaging 26.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists 2.8 blocks and 1.6 steals in 34.9 minutes over 17 games. As I write this, he has a career average of 2.4 blocks in 483 career games but this season he has 48 blocks already,

Anthony Davis (plus-6.7 Box Plus/Minus) leads the Lakers in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and he is clearly a top 5 NBA MVP (plus-2.4 Offensive Box Plus/Minus) and Defensive Player of the Year (plus-4.3 Defensive Box Plus-Minus) candidate.

"We want to make sure that when we come in, we have one goal in mind and that's to come together and win a championship," Anthony Davis told Heavy.com's Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson in September.

"Do whatever I can to help this team win a championship. That's the main goal. That's our goal and we are going to come in with the mindset that we're all thinking. This is the year." Davis has clear aspirations and if he keeps playing like this the Lakers will go far in the playoffs.

Kyle Kuzma Getting Comfortable as a Sixth Man

Kyle Kuzma missed the entire preseason and the first four games of the season with a stress reaction in his foot but he is finding his way in his new role as a Sixth Man.

The Lakers are playing extremely well but all teams have areas of improvement and Kuzma, who is expected to play a major role in the offense as their third-best player, is still adjusting to coming off the bench, which is understandable.

Kuzma probably did not expect to be a Sixth Man after starting 68 of his 70 games last season and he wants to break through as soon as possible.

"No. I'm not patient at all," Kuzma told Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times after Wednesday's game in New Orleans. "That's why sometimes it's hard."

The 24-year-old had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans and he is a huge piece of the puzzle for the Lakers. His numbers are down but it is a result of him having less playing time.

He averaged 18.7 points over 33.1 minutes last year and this season he is averaging a career-low 12.3 points in 23.0 minutes. Getting used to playing less has to be tough for him but he is playing his part so far, making 46.7 percent of his shots, 36.2 percent of his 3-point attempts and 77.8 percent of his free-throws.

"It's tough sometimes, but you just have to be positive, have an even-keeled mind-set. But that's easier said than done," Kuzma said. "It's something I've got to kind of figure out. But it isn't anything I can't handle."

He knows it's "part of sacrifice and trying to be on a winning team." I see him thriving in this new role, the Lakers need him to keep playing at a high level when he enters the court.

Anthony Davis vowed the Los Angeles Lakers would not lose two straight NBA games after their run of 10 consecutive wins came to an emphatic halt on Sunday.

The Dallas Mavericks won 114-100 at Staples Center on the back of 27 points from in-form Luka Doncic.

That led Davis to describe the Lakers' defense as "terrible" but he joined LeBron James in adopting the mindset that the Lakers (17-3) would not allow themselves to drop two in a row for the rest of the season.

The loss to the Mavs (13-6) comes ahead of a difficult trip to face the Denver Nuggets (13-4), who hold an 8-2 record at home court, with other testing games road games against the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers to follow later this week.

The Lakers were dominated 16-9 in offensive rebounds against Dallas, much to the frustration of Davis.

"Our whole thing is we don't want to lose two in a row – ever," said Davis, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds, per ESPN.

"Our defense was terrible. We didn't rebound the basketball therefore we keep giving them second-chance points and they made us pay with threes.

"We know what we did wrong. It's one game. We beat ourselves with the rebounding and we need to do better."

Of the goal to go the rest of 2019-20 without losing back-to-back games, James said: "You don't know until you [strive for it].

"Realistic is the mindset. It's not about [accepting that] sometimes you lose games in a row. Just having that mindset and that approach."

Coach Frank Vogel acknowledged his team's challenge against the Nuggets on Tuesday would be greater than the one they faced against the Mavs.

"That's part of growing together, how you respond to losses," he said. "Playing in Denver is always tough. As well as they are playing this year, it's going to be even tougher. 

"I believe in our guys. If we play to our abilities, there's nobody we can't beat and nowhere we can't get a W."

As for Doncic, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle marvelled at a display that included 10 assists, nine rebounds and three steals, while the 20-year-old went 4-for-10 from three-point range.

"He hit a couple of hellacious shots," Carlisle said of Doncic. "There's just a small handful of guys in the whole world that can hit them. LeBron James is one of them. He's one of them. 

"Those step-back 30-footers, it's hard to describe how difficult the shot is, and how easy he makes it look."

Kawhi Leonard has no doubt the Los Angeles Clippers have the makings of a "special" team after they thrashed the Washington Wizards 150-125 on Sunday.

Two-time NBA champion Leonard scored 34 points on 14-of-21 shooting as the Clippers tied their best scoring performance of the season at Staples Center.

Paul George poured in 31 points, while Montrezl Harrell (23 points, 15 rebounds) and Lou Williams (22 points) made important contributions from the bench as Los Angeles bounced back from a loss to the San Antonio Spurs and improved to 15-6.

"I think it's going to take time, learning each other and playing in these games that are so up and down. It could be special," said Leonard.

"We have a lot of scorers, guys who can make threes, people that space out the floor. Then as well as our defense it's just getting out and getting easy points."

On George's display after he went 2-of-11 for five points against the Spurs last time out, Leonard added: "I think he just made shots tonight. He probably was a bit more aggressive, wanting to come back from the loss last game.

"Once you see one of your guys get hot you want to feed them the ball and see how many they can make in a row." 

The Clippers will return to the floor on Tuesday when they host a Portland Trail Blazers team that was recently boosted by the addition of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

"I'm happy for him. He wanted to get back and play. I'm happy he was able to get back in the NBA. It's well deserved," Leonard said of Anthony.

"I don't think he was treated the right way, how they left him out there [despite] being a future Hall of Famer.

"As you can see he can still run up and down the floor, he's still got a lot of basketball left in him. It's going to be a fun match-up for us and another competitive game." 

The Los Angeles Lakers' winning streak came to an end in the NBA, while Kawhi Leonard and Paul George inspired the Clippers on Sunday.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks ended the Lakers' winning run at 10 with a 114-100 victory.

Doncic finished with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to again lead the Mavericks, who had Delon Wright contribute 17 points off the bench.

Anthony Davis (27 points and 10 rebounds) and LeBron James (25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) were unable to lift the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3.

The Clippers cruised to a 150-125 thrashing of the Washington Wizards.

Leonard needed just 27 minutes to have 34 points, while George finished with 31 in 30 minutes for the Clippers (15-6).

 

Siakam superb for Raptors

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in the Toronto Raptors' 130-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

Jayson Tatum (30 points) helped the Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks 113-104, while Kemba Walker had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists.

Evan Fournier's 32 points saw the Orlando Magic overcome the struggling Golden State Warriors 100-96.

 

Bad Bryant

Thomas Bryant struggled for the Wizards, going three-of-11 from the field for just nine points in the loss to the Clippers.

 

Cauley-Stein's improbable basket

Willie Cauley-Stein somehow swatted in a basket for the Warriors.

Sunday's results

Miami Heat 109-106 Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics 113-104 New York Knicks
Memphis Grizzlies 115-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Dallas Mavericks 114-100 Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons 132-98 San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Orlando Magic 100-96 Golden State Warriors
Toronto Raptors 130-110 Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Clippers 150-125 Washington Wizards

 

Knicks at Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks (17-3) have won 11 straight and will be confident of extending that at home to the New York Knicks (4-16) on Monday.

LeBron James called for improvement after the Los Angeles Lakers saw their winning streak abruptly halted by the Dallas Mavericks.

Riding a 10-game winning run, the NBA-leading Lakers went down 114-100 to the Mavericks in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Despite Anthony Davis' double-double (27 points, 10 rebounds) and James' 25 points, the Lakers (17-3) fell to their third defeat of the season.

Reflecting on the loss, Lakers superstar James told reporters: "They pushed the tempo a lot more. They played with a better pace than us.

"A couple of calls when against us, which kind of changed the momentum of the game."

"We can play better," James added. "We obviously know they've played extremely well, especially on the road.

"We knew they wanted some get-back after we beat them on their floor, and they us on ours.

"They're a very good team. Very well coached. We just learn from our mistakes and the good things too."

Davis remained upbeat afterwards, saying: "It's one game. We're not going to get down over this loss. We know what type of team we are, we know now.

"We played well. And they beat us, but we beat ourselves with the rebounding, so we know what we've got to do better."

Meanwhile, Luka Doncic revelled in the Mavericks' win after scoring 21 of his 27 points in the second half.

"It's a great win that means a lot to us," Doncic said. "It shows that we can play against big teams, too. We just need to keep it rolling."

Giannis Antetokounmpo was unfazed about seeing his double-double streak come to an end during the Milwaukee Bucks' 137-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Antetokounmpo had 26 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes in the victory on Saturday, falling just short of a 20th consecutive double-double.

But the reigning NBA MVP said he was focused on winning, with the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks improving to 17-3 after an 11th straight victory.

"It doesn't really matter. That's not how I'm built. I'm not built around stats," Antetokounmpo told a news conference.

"I think the record can talk for itself. Out of 20 games, we win 17. We can always get better … I'm just here to win."

The Bucks led 66-49 at half-time against the Hornets before also outscoring Charlotte in the third and fourth quarters.

It meant the likes of Khris Middleton (15), Dragan Bender (12), Ersan Ilyasova (11), D.J. Wilson (11) and George Hill (10) contributed off the bench, combining for 59 points.

"Obviously the game plan and the offense that we have, it makes it easy to move the ball and everybody touches the ball, everybody scores the ball," Antetokounmpo said.

"It was just good that we had a lead and we came out in the third quarter and extended that lead and we gave a chance to guys like Dragan, Fran, D.J..

"They came in, they played, they were knocking down shots, they were having fun, so I think as a team we got better."

The Bucks will face the struggling New York Knicks at Fiserv Forum on Monday.

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni described James Harden as "unbelievable" and "incredible" after a 60-point performance in the NBA on Saturday.

Harden finished with 60 points in just 31 minutes in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.

The star went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in an outstanding performance.

Speaking about Harden, D'Antoni told a news conference: "Like everything else he does, unbelievable.

"Again, I think in the first half just when they doubled he gave the right play and then when they didn't double he scored.

"His first 40 points he had like 40-something points on 15 shots or 12 shots, whatever it was.

"You get 60 points on 24 shots, that's pretty good. He was incredible, but he's like that every night."

Asked if he considered leaving Harden in the game, D'Antoni said it was never an option.

"I can't do that, I couldn't, you guys would kill me if I did that and he got hurt," he said.

"I'd kill myself first of all and then you would all shoot me."

The Rockets are 13-6 and fourth in the Western Conference ahead of facing the Spurs in San Antonio on Tuesday.

James Harden produced a 60-point performance in a huge Houston Rockets win, while the Milwaukee Bucks' run continued in the NBA on Saturday.

Harden went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.

The star guard only played 31 minutes in the Rockets' victory as they improved to 13-6 in the Western Conference.

Ben McLemore had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook contributed 15 points.

The Bucks made it 11 straight wins by beating the Charlotte Hornets 137-96.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points and nine rebounds) once again starred for the Bucks, who hold a two-game lead atop the Eastern Conference.

 

Embiid, Simmons lead the way for 76ers

Joel Embiid had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers' 119-116 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Ben Simmons contributed 15 points and 13 assists in the victory.

The Bucks' bench stepped up as Khris Middleton (15), Dragan Bender (12), Ersan Ilyasova (11), D.J. Wilson (11) and George Hill (10) combined for 59 points.

Trae Young has starred for the Hawks this season and the guard had 37 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the big loss to the Rockets.

 

Jokic unable to lift Nuggets

Nikola Jokic struggled, going three-of-11 from the field for seven points in the Denver Nuggets' 100-97 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.

 

Hot Harden

Harden had 29 points in the third quarter in his huge performance.

Saturday's results

Sacramento Kings 100-97 Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers 119-116 Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets 158-111 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 137-96 Charlotte Hornets

 

Mavericks at Lakers

Luka Doncic will try to inspire the Dallas Mavericks (12-6) when they look to end the Los Angeles Lakers' (17-2) 10-game winning streak on Sunday.

Luka Doncic was called "absolutely breathtaking" by Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after tying his career high with 42 points on Friday to round off a brilliant November.

The Slovenian bounced back from a rough night in the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers - when he went 4-of-14 shooting - to lead the Mavs to a 120-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Doncic also had 11 assists and nine rebounds and finished the month as only the third player in NBA history - along with Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson - to go through an entire month while averaging a triple-double that included at least 30 points per game.

"It's surprising, but it's not shocking," Carlisle said in quotes published on the Mavs' website.

"He's just an exceptional player, an exceptional person and he's exceptionally tough.

"You don't find that combination in 20-year-old guys coming into the NBA very often. But he's having a spectacular year. Just absolutely breathtaking."

The 22-point performance against the Clippers was Doncic's worst of the season but he bounced back in style, something that did not surprise Carlisle.

"He's a great player," Carlisle added.

"Great players have a short memory for tough games and they move forward and they're always thinking ahead.

"They're always thinking about the next challenge, and he was spectacular from start to finish.

"He hit the floor hard twice, which everybody saw, but he's an extremely tough hard-nosed guy who seemingly always bounces back up and keeps playing. He's an amazing player."

The Los Angeles Lakers will enter December with the NBA's best record, a fact that does not shock Anthony Davis.

Frank Vogel's team won a 10th straight game against the Washington Wizards on Friday to improve to 17-2, equalling the franchise's best record through 19 games.

The Lakers did not make the postseason in LeBron James' first season in Los Angeles, but the acquisition of center Davis ahead of this campaign has helped transform the team.

Asked what he would think if he had been told the Lakers would start 17-2, Davis replied: "I wouldn't have been surprised.

"We know the type of team we have. And when we defend, we can beat anybody, and we have a lot of veterans.

"So when we're down, we're able to fight back and have the confidence in our schemes."

Neither Davis nor James were needed in the fourth quarter as the Lakers eased to a 125-103 win over the Wizards.

They finished November with a 14-1 record but there are trickier games coming up on their schedule, including a clash with the Dallas Mavericks and the in-form Luka Doncic on Sunday.

"We have championship aspirations, but at the end of the day, that's not what's here right now," James added.

"What's right now is our next opponent, and that's Dallas and they're very good.

"We want to continue to get better and better and have championship mindset every time we step on the floor."

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers extended their respective winning streaks to 10 games in the NBA on Friday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo again led the Bucks in a 119-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while George Hill contributed 18 points off the bench.

The Bucks are 16-3 and have a 1.5-game lead atop the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers continued to pull clear atop the west after a 125-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Once again, Anthony Davis (26 points and 13 rebounds) and LeBron James (23 points and 11 assists) led the way for the 17-2 Lakers.

 

Doncic delights again as Embiid guides 76ers

Luka Doncic put on a show again, contributing 42 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 120-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Philadelphia star Joel Embiid finished with 27 points and 17 rebounds in the 76ers' 101-95 victory against the New York Knicks.

Trae Young had 49 points after going 16 of 28 from the field, but the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Indiana Pacers 105-104 in overtime.

Hassan Whiteside blocked his way into the Portland Trail Blazers' record books. Whiteside's 10 blocks in a 107-103 win over the Chicago Bulls was a franchise record.

 

Magic struggle

Orlando Magic's starters Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Khem Birch, Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz combined to go 16 of 49 from the field in a 90-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

 

Anthony lifts Blazers

Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' win.

Friday's results

Brooklyn Nets 112-107 Boston Celtics
Charlotte Hornets 110-107 Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors 90-83 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 119-110 Cleveland Cavaliers
Philadelphia 76ers 101-95 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 105-104 Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat 122-105 Golden State Warriors
Utah Jazz 103-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-104 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 107-97 Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas Mavericks 120-113 Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers 107-103 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 125-103 Washington Wizards

 

Pacers at 76ers

The Pacers (12-6) and 76ers (13-6) are sixth and fifth respectively in the Eastern Conference ahead of their clash on Saturday.

Jimmy Butler is expected to return for the Miami Heat when they face the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Four-time All-Star Butler missed the 117-108 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday through illness.

However, the 30-year-old guard participated in Miami's shootaround on Friday and the team indicated he will likely be involved against the Warriors in the evening.

"Jimmy Butler (illness) went through this morning's team shootaround and is expected to play tonight vs the Warriors," a tweet from the team's account read.

Butler, in his first year with Miami, is averaging a team-leading 18.9 points per game as well as 6.7 assists for the 12-5 Heat.

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