The Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for Houston Rockets star James Harden in a huge win in the NBA on Monday.

While Harden managed to have his 20th consecutive game scoring 30 or more points, Philadelphia kept him under the dangerous 40-point mark and handed Houston their largest loss of the season, 121-93.

Joel Embiid finished with a team-high 32 points and 14 rebounds. He also played an important role on defense with Jimmy Butler sidelined because of a sprained wrist. Embiid finished with three blocks.

JJ Redick and Corey Brewer added 16 and 11 points, respectively. Landry Shamet had 18 points off the bench.

Harden scored 37 points in the Rockets' losing efforts. The 2018 MVP got off to a hot start and scored 27 in the first half.

The Rockets trailed by 15 points at the half and a 13-point performance in the third quarter put Houston in a deficit they could not bounce back from.

Gerald Green chipped in 18 points off the bench. Kenneth Faried added 13 in his first game with the Rockets.

 

Doncic dynamic but Mavericks lose

Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The 19-year-old rookie finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 116-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Klay Thompson set an NBA record in the Golden State Warriors' rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The four-time All-Star became the first player to make 10 consecutive three-pointers without a miss. He finished with 44 points in 26 minutes. Thompson was 17 of 20 from the field and 10 of 11 from long distance. Golden State went on to win 130-111.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell had 31 points in his team's 123-94 win over the Sacramento Kings. Russell shot 48 per cent from the field and 50 per cent from three-point range.

Nikola Vucevic used a double-double to help push the Magic ahead of the hosting Atlanta Hawks. Vucevic finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds in Orlando's 122-103 win.

Thunder forward Paul George had his second consecutive game scoring 31 points. The forward led Oklahoma City to a 127-109 win over the New York Knicks.

 

Cavs continue to crash

The Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Chicago Bulls moved them to 9-39. Starters Rodney Hood and Alec Burks did not provide much help in the 104-88 rout. Hood finished with just four points on one-of-eight shooting while Burks had a lone three-pointer in 17 minutes of play.

JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack scored little off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two finished minus-17 in Memphis' 105-85 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

 

Antetokounmpo welcomes Doncic

The Mavs rookie impressed, but Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure to give Doncic his own special welcome. Antetokounmpo had a game-high 31 points in the Bucks' win.

No one could stop Zach LaVine. He had a game-high 25 points in Chicago's first win in the new year, including a one-handed dunk.

Kyrie Irving tallied eight steals to go along with 26 points in the Boston Celtics' 107-99 win over the Miami Heat.

Monday's results

Oklahoma City Thunder 127-109 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 104-88 Cleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks 116-106 Dallas Mavericks
Washington Wizards 101-87 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 122-103 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 123-94 Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Pelicans 105-85 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 107-99 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 121-93 Houston Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors 130-111 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Clippers at Mavericks

When the Mavs host the Clippers on Tuesday, they will likely see the return of Dennis Smith Jr, who has missed the past five games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. He will join Doncic as they try to break Dallas' four-game losing streak. Los Angeles will enter the matchup off their first win in six games.

The Houston Rockets keep finding a way to win after James Harden inspired a 138-134 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kyrie Irving said he was responding to something "pretty disrespectful" during a flashpoint with Shelvin Mack after inspiring the Boston Celtics to a 122-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

All-Star point guard Irving was in fine form as his double-double of 38 points and 11 assists steered the Celtics to victory.

But Irving was clearly riled by a barb aimed his way by Mack late in the third quarter, leading to a confrontation and the two being separated.

Each player was given a technical foul before play continued and Irving opened up on the incident.

"He said something pretty disrespectful. So I told him to do something about it. He didn’t," Irving told reporters. 

"I don't usually get techs like that. But if someone questions your manhood, at that point, you got no choice."

Irving, though, says he understands that opposition players will do anything to try and disrupt his rhythm.

"Sometimes it's going to be like that," he added. 

"They'll do anything to get you out of your game, but I've grown up in so many different environments, and I'm pretty sure he has as well, so just keep it on the floor, you know, things happen like that and you move on from it, keep playing."

DeMarcus Cousins made his long-awaited debut in the Golden State Warriors' 112-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

After nearly missing an entire year after suffering a torn Achilles last season, Cousins debuted for the Warriors and scored 14 points in NBA action on Friday.

And from the beginning, the All-Star looked back in his element. For his first points with the Warriors, he threw down a monstrous dunk.

The former New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings star even got into an argument with the referees within minutes of being on the court. He also found a way to foul out in just 15 minutes of play.

 

Irving double-double inspires Celtics

Kyrie Irving had 38 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Boston Celtics 122-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell scored 40 points and went eight-for-12 shooting from three-point range with seven assists in his team's 117-115 victory against the Orlando Magic.

Blake Griffin posted 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Detroit Pistons' 98-93 win over the Miami Heat.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman went off in the second quarter, scoring 18 points in the span of four-and-a-half minutes. He finished the game with 20 in Portland's 128-112 victory against the Pelicans.

 

Hood struggles

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood never really got anything going in a 115-99 loss to the Utah Jazz. He was one-for-six shooting with four points in 17 minutes.

 

Gibson and Rose combine

Taj Gibson made a fabulous pass in the paint to Derrick Rose. The former MVP then made a nifty reverse layup to finish the play as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the San Antonio Spurs 116-113.

 

Friday's results

The Boston Celtics were ready for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, claiming a thrilling win in the NBA.

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving revealed he had called LeBron James to apologise for some of his behaviour while with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics played down Kyrie Irving's criticism of the NBA hopefuls.

Irving told reporters the Celtics did not understand what it takes to be a championship-level team following a defeat on Saturday.

On Monday, Celtics star Irving said he would never call out his team-mates publicly again, but Boston have not disputed anything he said.

"Kyrie said a lot after the last game and it was probably stuff that people didn't want to hear," Rozier told Yahoo. "But it's showing."

Rozier continued: "I feel like we have them talks throughout the season, but it didn't turn out that good. You see guys get into it with each other, but that's part of the game. You gotta be real with each other."

Rozier said Irving's talk was needed, and Boston tea-mate Jayson Tatum agreed.

"It's the truth," Tatum told Yahoo. "He knows what it takes to win a championship and most of us don't. Sometimes you have to be brutally honest in this profession to get the best out of one another. It came from a good place."

The Celtics have had their fair share of problems and seemingly everyone has a reason for why.

"I don't think we've all been on a team like this," Rozier said. "Young guys who can play, guys who did things in their career, the group that was together last year, then you bring Kyrie and [Gordon] Hayward back, it's a lot with it."

When asked if the team might almost be too talented, Rozier answered: "Too talented, yeah. Too talented."

Boston (25-18) have lost three games in a row (after winning their  previous four)t o drop to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Kings pulled off a big win against the Portland Trail Blazers in Sacramento on Monday. 

Six Kings players scored in double figures in the victory. Buddy Hield paced Sacramento with 19 points and seven rebounds on seven-of-10 shooting. Bogdan Bogdanovic was right behind him with 18 points on eight-of-10 shooting.

The Trail Blazers attempted to make a comeback in the closing minutes, but missed their chance to make things closer when Damian Lillard stepped out of bounds while receiving an inbound pass with 38.1 seconds to play.

Lillard finished with 35 points, leading all scorers.

Portland dropped to 26-19 with the loss while Sacramento improved to 23-21, edging closer to the playoff picture.

 

Harden stays hot

James Harden scored 57 points on 17-of-33 shooting in Houston's 112-94 win against the Grizzlies.

D'Angelo Russell recorded 34 points and made seven seven-pointers to lead the Nets past the Celtics 109-102.

Kemba Walker put up 33 points in a 108-93 Hornets win against the Spurs.

Anthony Davis tallied 46 points and 16 rebounds in the Pelicans' 121-117 win over the Clippers.

 

Miserable McCollum

CJ McCollum was ice cold, scoring six points on two-of-14 shooting for the Trail Blazers.

Terry Rozier only managed to score seven points on three-of-12 shooting in the Celtics' loss.

 

Allen's big block

Grayson Allen delivered a big block against the Pistons.

Jaylen Brown skipped through the lane and threw down a lefty dunk on the Nets.

Monday's results

Brooklyn Nets 109-102 Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets 112-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Charlotte Hornets 108-93 San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz 100-94 Detroit Pistons
Sacramento Kings 115-107 Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans 121-117 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Warriors at Nuggets

The two top teams in the Western Conference are set to clash in Denver. The Nuggets have the best record in the West while the Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak. Denver's roster is riddled with injuries, but this matchup should still provide an exciting preview of a possible playoff series between the two teams.

Kyrie Irving said he will never question his team-mates in public again after the Boston Celtics star's criticism on Saturday.

Irving was obviously frustrated after Eastern Conference contenders the Celtics lost 105-103 to the Orlando Magic in the NBA.

After the defeat in Orlando, Irving said the "young guys don't know what it takes to be a championship level team." It was Boston's second consecutive loss on the road following four successive victories at TD Garden.

Irving further explained the comments he made following the narrow defeat during Boston's shoot-around on Monday.

"I never want to come from a place where I don't want to sound like, or make it feel like, I don't want to win a championship," Irving said.

"Sometimes I may come off and say things, never to question my team-mates in public like that ever again; I just want to win so bad."

Irving suggested the players are feeling the pressure of lofty expectations placed on them at the beginning of the season.

"It came from a place where I asked for a trade and I'm coming here and I believe in this organisation and I want these young guys to be successful," Irving said. "In order to that, we all got to be on the same page and have that mindset that, a championship or nothing.

"And sometimes that can get the best of me at times."

The Celtics (25-18) lost 109-102 to the Brooklyn Nets (22-23) without Irving (quad) and Marcus Smart (illness).

The Boston Celtics have "a lot of learning to do" and lack the experience required to contend for NBA championships, according to Kyrie Irving.

Blake Griffin was out for revenge on Saturday and he got it as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104.

The San Antonio Spurs won one of the wilder games in the NBA this season, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 on Thursday.

San Antonio took down Oklahoma City in double-overtime behind a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and an unprecedented three-point shooting display.

The 56 points is the most scored by a player without a three-point attempt since Shaquille O'Neal tallied 61 in 2000.

The Spurs were absolutely on fire from three-point range, as they went a perfect 10-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first half. San Antonio were the first team in the last 20 years to record that stat line in a half.

It did not stop there, though. San Antonio made their first 14 three-point attempts. In total, they finished 16 of 19 from beyond the arc.

But the Thunder did not back down as Russell Westbrook had a great game. He posted his fourth career 20-point, 20-assist performance in addition to a triple-double (24-13-24).

The Spurs (25-18) are now just one game back of the Thunder (25-16) for third place in the Western Conference.

Irving shines in defeat

Boston's Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while adding five rebounds and five assists in a 115-99 loss to the Heat.

Nikola Jokic tallied his fifth triple-double of the season with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nuggets' 121-100 win over the Clippers.

Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in Sacramento's 112-102 win over the Pistons.

 

Horrible Horford

Al Horford went one-of-eight shooting and 0 for four from three-point range with two points on Thursday. Boston were minus-26 with him on the floor.

DeMar DeRozan almost tallied a triple-double (16-11-8), but he missed a shot to win the game in regulation, again in the first overtime and committed a big foul in the final 12 seconds to give the Thunder a little hope. He also shot seven for 22 from the field.

 

Johnson delivers

Heat forward James Johnson put Irving on a poster in Miami's win over Boston.

Thursday's results

Miami Heat 115-99 Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets 121-100 Los Angeles Clippers
San Antonio Spurs 154-147 Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings 112-102 Detroit Pistons

 

Hornets at Trail Blazers

Portland continue to impress this season while Charlotte are holding on to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard are two of the most entertaining guards in the game, and CJ McCollum can go off in any game.

The Milwaukee Bucks managed to overcome a big performance from James Harden to top the Houston Rockets 116-109 in the NBA. 

Jayson Tatum understands just how good Anthony Davis is.

The Boston Celtics are reportedly one of numerous teams interested in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.

Tatum himself admitted trading him for Davis would be a smart move.

"Yeah, I'd trade me too for Anthony Davis," Tatum told Celtics radio colour commentator Cedric Maxwell and host Adam Kaufman during a CLNS Celtics Beat podcast, via NBC Sports Boston.

Maxwell said before he would trade Tatum for Davis in a heartbeat. Tatum's father took exception to that assessment, but did not exactly disagree.

According to Maxwell, Tatum's father said he would also make the deal, if Jayson was not his son.

The Celtics have a lot of talented players like Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown, but 20-year-old Tatum seems to be the most enticing bargaining chip at the moment.

Boston have struggled to create a proper hierarchy with their personnel at times, but are riding a three-game winning streak and sit fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics will play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving was pleased to make his first appearance of 2019 in the Boston Celtics' win over the Brooklyn Nets, even if it took some time for him to rediscover his rhythm on his return from an eye injury.

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