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.

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.

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

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

James Harden and the Houston Rockets' hot shooting carried the team to a 125-113 victory over Western Conference rivals the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Houston (23-16) were riding a six-game winning streak until they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but the Rockets picked up where they left off against one of the best teams in the NBA's west.

Harden put on his typical impressive performance, totalling 32 points and 14 assists to see off the Nuggets.

Clint Capela almost topped Harden, scoring 31 points and grabbing nine rebounds for Houston.

Ultimately, the Rockets' three-point shooting was too hot to handle, as they made 22 shots from behind the arc as opposed to the Nuggets' seven.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 13 rebounds while Monte Morris contributed 21 points for Denver (26-12).

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving returned from an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Brooklyn Nets 116-95.

 

Davis double-double propels Pelicans

Anthony Davis recorded 36 points and 13 rebounds on 20 shots in the New Orleans Pelicans' 114-95 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 114-102 win over the Utah Jazz.

Blake Griffin amassed 34 points and eight assists but the Detroit Pistons still lost 119-107 to the San Antonio Spurs.

Brandon Ingram scored 29 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Crowder struggles from the floor

Jae Crowder scored 12 points on three-of-11 shooting for the Jazz.

Grizzlies star Marc Gasol had seven points on three-of-10 shooting against the Pelicans.

 

Davis, Harden dazzle

Davis showcased his guard skills by blowing by JaMychal Green.

Harden watched Jamal Murray fold and then stepped into an easy three-pointer.

 

Monday's results

San Antonio Spurs 119-107 Detroit Pistons
Boston Celtics 116-95 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 125-113 Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans 114-95 Memphis Grizzlies
Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks 114-102 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 111-95 Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers 111-101 New York Knicks

 

Timberwolves at Thunder

This will be the Minnesota Timberwolves' first game since Tom Thibodeau was fired. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the NBA's best, sitting third in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves won the last matchup, 114-112, so the Thunder will look to even the score.

The Toronto Raptors claimed their first win over the Milwaukee Bucks this NBA season, securing a 123-116 victory on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam had stellar offensive performances, contributing 30 points apiece. Serge Ibaka was right behind them with 25.

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game, but it was not enough. He had 43 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Bucks dropped to 27-11 but remain the top team in the East. Toronto's 29-12 record is good for second. The final regular-season matchup between these two teams will come on January 31, and it should be a good one.

 

Curry red-hot for Warriors

Stephen Curry scored 46 points and made 10 three-pointers in a close 127-123 Warriors win against the Kings in Sacramento.

James Harden extended his streak of games with at least 35 points to 10 by dropping 38 on Portland in a 110-101 loss for the Rockets.

Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Nuggets beat the Hornets 123-110.

 

Bad Barnes as Gasol also struggles

Harrison Barnes scored seven points on two-of-nine shooting in the Mavericks' 106-100 loss to the 76ers.

Marc Gasol scored six points on two-of-nine shooting as Memphis fell short to San Antonio 108-88.

 

Bridges delivers huge dunk

Miles Bridges used the open court to show off a powerful windmill dunk in Denver on the break.

De'Aaron Fox's rush hour handles led to a crafty finish at the rim.

Saturday's results

Denver Nuggets 123-110 Charlotte Hornets
Utah Jazz 110-105 Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia 76ers 106-100 Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans Pelicans 133-98 Cleveland Cavaliers
Toronto Raptors 123-116 Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs 108-88 Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers 110-101 Houston Rockets
Golden State Warriors 127-123 Sacramento Kings

 

Pacers at Raptors

Indiana (26-12) are riding a six-game winning streak, and the last team they lost to was Toronto (29-12). The Raptors just beat the first-placed Bucks 123-116 in Toronto, despite a 43-point double-double from Antetokounmpo. The second- and third-placed teams in the Eastern Conference should have a competitive game.

Victor Oladipo nailed a last-gasp three-pointer as the Indiana Pacers extended their winning streak to six NBA games by beating the Chicago Bulls 119-116 in overtime.

Indiana star Oladipo banked in a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to ensure the Pacers stayed hot on Friday.

Oladipo finished the game with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Pacers are now just one and a half games back of the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 rebounds, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks – who led 43-12 after 12 minutes – routed the Atlanta Hawks 144-112 in Milwaukee.

 

George helps Thunder top Blazers

Paul George had 37 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 111-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The victory broke an eight-game losing streak in Portland for Oklahoma City.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal posted 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists but his team fell to the Miami Heat 115-109.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points and added 15 rebounds in their 120-103 victory against the Orlando Magic.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley scored 31 points and added four steals in a 109-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat had close to a perfect night scoring 18 points on eight-of-10 shooting and two-of-two from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 13 rebounds in a 121-111 win over the Phoenix Suns.

 

Sexton struggles in Cleveland's defeat

Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton shot the three-pointer well, going three of four from beyond the arc, but he failed to hit a single shot inside of the line as he finished three of 13 from the floor in Cleveland's 117-91 loss to the Utah Jazz.

 

Doncic dazzles again

Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic provided another shot for the highlight-reel, nailing a three before the half-time buzzer in his team's 114-93 defeat at the Boston Celtics.

 

Friday's results

Utah Jazz 117-91 Cleveland Cavaliers
Minnesota Timberwolves 120-103 Orlando Magic
Miami Heat 115-109 Washington Wizards
Indiana Pacers 119-116 Chicago Bulls (OT)
Brooklyn Nets 109-100 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 114-93 Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks 144-112 Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles Clippers 121-111 Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks 119-112 Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder 111-109 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Raptors at Bucks

In a night full of good games as the Memphis Grizzlies play the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets face the Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings, this is the best game on the schedule. It is two MVP contenders going head to head for the second time this season. Kawhi Leonard did not play in the first matchup of the season and the Toronto Raptors lost to the Bucks, but the second fixture was decided by just five points and was a great regular-season showing. This one looks to be no different.

Paul George ignored boos in the Staples Center, scoring 37 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 107-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

George, who spurned the Lakers in free agency, had plenty of highlights to quieten the crowd on Wednesday.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook had a triple-double (14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists), but had a terrible shooting game, hitting just three of 20 attempts.

A few players stepped up in LeBron James' absence, but the Lakers fell short. They are now 1-3 with James sidelined by a groin injury. He is considered day-to-day.

Kyle Kuzma has been the Lakers' second-leading scorer this season, but he left with a lower-back contusion. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ended up leading the way for Los Angeles, scoring 25 points on six-of-14 shooting. Brandon Ingram and JaVale McGee scored 17 and 15 points respectively.

The Lakers dropped to 21-17, while the Thunder improved to 24-13 this season.

Hayward heroics

Gordon Hayward scored 35 points on 14-of-18 shooting in a 115-102 Celtics win against the Timberwolves.

Anthony Davis had an impressive 34 points and 26 rebounds as New Orleans fell to Brooklyn 126-121.

Jaren Jackson Jr. was very efficient, scoring 26 points on eight-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 101-94 loss to the Pistons.

Joel Embiid had 42 points and 18 rebounds in Philadelphia's 132-127 win against Phoenix.

 

Horrible Holiday

Justin Holiday scored three points and only made one of his seven shots from the field as the Bulls lost to the Magic 112-84.

Devonte' Graham scored 10 points on three-of-13 shooting in the Hornets' 122-84 routing at the hands of the Mavericks.

 

Towns with a huge dunk

Although Minnesota fell short to the Celtics, Karl-Anthony Towns was happy to punch a dunk home on Semi Ojeleye.

Joel Embiid slashed through the defense with a euro-step to finish at the rim in the 76ers' 132-127 win against the Suns.

Wednesday's results

Dallas Mavericks 122-84 Charlotte Hornets
Miami Heat 117-92 Cleveland Cavaliers
Washington Wizards 114-98 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 126-121 New Orleans Pelicans
Boston Celtics 115-102 Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic 112-84 Chicago Bulls
Detroit Pistons 101-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Philadelphia 76ers 132-127 Phoenix Suns
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Rockets at Warriors

Stephen Curry was out of commission in this season's first matchup with Houston. The Rockets are on a tremendous run and James Harden is catching fire every game. Although Chris Paul is out, the Rockets may be able to will themselves to another victory against the reigning champions.

The San Antonio Spurs used a season-best performance in the third quarter to beat the visiting Boston Celtics in the NBA on Monday.

San Antonio (21-17) entered half-time trailing 52-46 but then returned to score 46 points in the third quarter. The Spurs won 120-111.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the effort with 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Derrick White pitched in 22 points and Davis Bertans had 17 points off the bench. It was Aldridge's second consecutive game scoring 30-plus points.

The two teams were neck-and-neck from the field – San Antonio shot 49.5 per cent and Boston 48.9 per cent – but the Spurs were able to do some damage from long range and made 53.8 per cent of their three-pointers while the Celtics struggled (32.4 per cent).

Jaylen Brown led Boston (21-15) with 30 points off the bench.

Harden makes history

James Harden etched his name in the record books during the Rockets' 113-101 win over the Grizzlies. He passed Oscar Robertson for the most consecutive games (eight) in NBA history recording 35-plus points and five-plus assists. Harden finished the contest with a triple-double, recording 43 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. He also joins Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as the only players in the last 30 seasons to score 400-plus points in a 10-game span.

Victor Oladipo (22 points, seven assists) and Domantas Sabonis (20 points, eight rebounds) powered the Pacers to their fifth consecutive win. Indiana enter the new year third in the Eastern Conference behind only the streaking Bucks and the Raptors.

 

No magic from Fournier

The Magic's Evan Fournier scored just nine points and had four turnovers in the team's 125-100 loss to the Hornets. Fournier finished the night minus-20.

 

Curry recovers to shoot three

Stephen Curry recovered in only a way he can, with a nothing-but-net three-pointer.

It appears you do not want to be in Malik Monk's way.

Rookie Josh Okogie finished for the Timberwolves.

Monday's results

Indiana Pacers 116-108 Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets 125-100 Orlando Magic
Houston Rockets 113-101 Memphis Grizzlies
San Antonio Spurs 120-111 Boston Celtics
New Orleans Pelicans 123-114 Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder 122-102 Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors 132-109 Phoenix Suns

 

76ers at Clippers

The 76ers (23-14) and Clippers (21-15) are sitting near the top of their respective conferences, but both teams are also entering Tuesday's contest after losses. The 76ers are awaiting the return of their leader Joel Embiid, who sat out of Sunday's game with knee soreness and was not able to practice on Saturday. Coach Brett Brown told reporters Embiid's soreness was "recent" and they are "just being precautionary with it".

The Golden State Warriors handled the Trail Blazers this time by beating Portland 115-105 in the NBA on Saturday.

Andre Iguodala has received constant praise for his basketball IQ, but was ejected after he threw the ball deep into the stands just before the half-time buzzer. Nevertheless, the Warriors' top weapons all came to play.

Klay Thompson led the way, scoring 32 points. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry contributed 25 points apiece.

Damian Lillard did all he could to keep Portland competitive. He poured in 40 points in a losing effort.

Golden State snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 24-13 while the Blazers dropped to 20-16.

Walker, Harden score big

Kemba Walker scored 47 points on 18-of-29 shooting as Charlotte fell short to Washington 130-126.

James Harden recorded his third consecutive 40-point game by scoring 41 against the Pelicans in a 108-104 victory for the Rockets.

Jamal Murray scored 46 points on a career-high nine made three-pointers to help Denver defeat Phoenix 122-118.

 

Kanter, Bazemore struggle

Enes Kanter was held scoreless on 0-of-six shooting in the Knicks' 129-97 blowout loss to the Jazz.

Kent Bazemore scored five points on two-of-nine shooting as the Hawks beat the Cavaliers 111-108.

 

Antetokounmpo responds in style

Giannis Antetokounmpo had one dunk blocked earlier on, but returned with a vengeance to punish the Nets at the rim with a slam in the Bucks' 129-115 win.

Jayson Tatum reached back with perfect timing to convert a put-back dunk in the Celtics' 112-103 win against the Grizzlies.

Saturday's results

Milwaukee Bucks 129-115 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 108-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards 130-126 Charlotte Hornets
Atlanta Hawks 111-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics 112-103 Memphis Grizzlies
Utah Jazz 129-97 New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets 122-118 Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors 115-105 Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs 122-111 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Thunder at Mavericks

Oklahoma City (22-12) and Dallas (16-18) will play each other two more times before 2019 is up. The Mavericks beat a Russell Westbrook-less Thunder team 111-96 in their first meeting this season behind a game-high 22 points from rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose made a triumphant return to Chicago in the NBA on Wednesday.

Back in Chicago, where he starred for eight seasons, Rose scored 24 points and handed out eight assists in a 119-94 win over the Bulls.

The crowd greeted Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, with chants of 'MVP' during his performance.

"I had to crack a smile ... it meant a lot," Rose said afterward (via NBCS ).

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 111-103. The loss knocked Denver (21-11) out of first place in the Western Conference. They are now a half game behind the Golden State Warriors, who were idle.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 as the Spurs (19-16) won for the fifth time in six games.

 

Dynamic Dinwiddie

High-scoring sixth man Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 37 to lead the Nets to a double-overtime win over the Hornets.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Timberwolves' win over the Bulls.

Devin Booker poured in 35 points to help the Suns escape with a 122-120 victory over the Magic.

Rookie star Luka Doncic scored 21 points and added 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Mavericks' 122-119 win over the Pelicans.

Kent Bazemore scored 32 points in the Hawks' loss to the Pacers.

 

Misery for Murray

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray made only four of his 19 shots and had a minus-20 rating in Denver's loss to San Antonio.

 

Whiteside, Rose produce magic

Hassan Whiteside spun his way out to a big dunk.

Rose hit a miraculous shot during his superb performance.

Wednesday's results

Detroit Pistons 106-95 Washington Wizards
Phoenix Suns 122-120 Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers 129-121 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 134-132 Charlotte Hornets
Toronto Raptors 106-104 Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-94 Chicago Bulls
Memphis Grizzlies 95-87 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 122-119 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 111-103 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers 127-118 Sacramento Kings

 

Celtics at Rockets

A nice inter-conference matchup that would have fit right in with the marquee slate on Christmas Day. After a rocky patch in late November and early December, the Rockets have now won seven of eight. However, Chris Paul is out with a strained groin and James Harden is questionable (bruised calf). The Celtics are coming off a big overtime win against the 76ers on Christmas Day, led by Kyrie Irving (40 points).

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