The Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers had yet another heated matchup in the NBA and Dallas came out victorious once more.

Last time these two teams met in Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. had his tooth knocked out by Patrick Beverley. The Mavericks won that game, and they were victorious once again on Tuesday, claiming a 106-98 victory.

The Clippers did not turn the ball over much, but the opposition capitalised at all the right times. Dallas converted Los Angeles' eight turnovers into 23 points. 

Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points. Luka Doncic and Smith each chipped in 17 points. Smith had missed the past six games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. 

The Clippers were ice-cold, shooting just 36.3 per cent from the field. Beverley led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 points.

Dallas improved to 21-26 while Los Angeles dropped to 25-22.

 

Bagley brilliant on first start

Marvin Bagley led all scorers in his first career start, totalling 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' 120-105 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to help lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114.

Karl-Anthony Towns put up 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in a 118-91 blowout win for the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Phoenix Suns.

Josh Jackson scored a season-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds for the Suns.

 

Harris horrible for Clippers

Tobias Harris scored nine points on one-of-nine shooting for the Clippers.

Mikal Bridges scored seven points on three-of-11 shooting in Phoenix's loss.

 

Doncic keeps producing

Luka Doncic used a crafty behind-the-back dribble to find his way to the rim.

Westbrook tried to tear the rim down with a tomahawk slam.

Tuesday's results

Toronto Raptors 120-105 Sacramento Kings
Oklahoma City Thunder 123-114 Portland Trail Blazers
Dallas Mavericks 106-98 Los Angeles Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves 118-91 Phoenix Suns

 

Raptors at Pacers

Indiana are just behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors won their last game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 121-105, but the Pacers have been especially disruptive on the defensive end lately. Toronto are 2-0 against Indiana so far in 2018-19.

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.

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.

Kawhi Leonard led the way as the Toronto Raptors outlasted the Washington Wizards 140-138 after double overtime in the NBA.

Leonard posted 41 points and 11 rebounds on Sunday to guide the Raptors in a marathon shoot-out, while Pascal Siakam had an impressive 24 points and 19 rebounds.

On the other side, Bradley Beal recorded 43 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in Washington's losing effort. 

Bradley became just the second player in NBA history to record multiple 40-10-15 games in one season. Oscar Robertson also accomplished the feat in 1961-62. 

Beal's performance, however, was not enough as the Wizards dropped to 18-26. Meanwhile, Eastern Conference leaders the Raptors improved to 33-12.

 

Harden ties Bryant's record

James Harden had 38 points and 12 rebounds in the Houston Rockets' 116-109 loss to the Magic. Harden extended his 30-point game streak to 16 games, tying Kobe Bryant's all-time record.

Stephen Curry hit 11 shots from behind the arc in a 48-point performance as the Golden State Warriors topped the Dallas Mavericks 119-114.

Nikola Jokic notched 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113.

 

Lin struggles as Hawks fall

Jeremy Lin scored seven points on two-of-10 shooting as the Atlanta Hawks fell short to the Milwaukee Bucks 133-114.

Josh Hart scored nine points for the Los Angeles Lakers on three-of-12 shooting in a 102-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Doncic dazzles, Simmons sizzles

Luka Doncic sliced through the defense with a cut to the basket and finished strong at the rim.

Ben Simmons converted this lob with flair as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on the road.

 

Sunday's results

Toronto Raptors 140-138 Washington Wizards (OT)
Philadelphia 76ers 108-105 New York Knicks
Milwaukee Bucks 133-114 Atlanta Hawks
Orlando Magic 116-109 Houston Rockets
Golden State Warriors 119-114 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 116-113 Portland Trail Blazers
Cleveland Cavaliers 101-95 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Trail Blazers at Kings

Portland's exceptional guard play has helped lift the team to fourth in the Western Conference, while the Sacramento Kings' young team are hovering just outside of the playoff picture, sitting in 10th place. This matchup should be an exciting offensive showcase.

Luka Doncic starred to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a thrilling win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA on Friday.

Doncic hit three straight go-ahead shots in the final two minutes to lead Dallas to a 119-115 victory.

His first shot came in the paint to give the Mavs a 112-111 lead, his second gave them a 114-113 advantage and the third was on a transition three-pointer to give Dallas a lead they would never relinquish.

The 19-year-old scored 29 points to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Mavericks.

Huerter produces big performance

Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter scored a career-high 29 points in Atlanta's 123-121 win over the 76ers.

Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky tallied his first career triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Washington's 113-106 win over a Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Bucks team.

Rockets star James Harden stayed hot, tallying another 40-point triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 141-113 win over the Cavaliers.

 

Dinwiddie dire for Nets

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie did not have his best game as he scored eight points on one-of-seven shooting off the bench in Brooklyn's 122-105 loss to the Raptors. Brooklyn were minus-24 with Dinwiddie on the floor.

 

Sabonis throws one down

Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis threw one down in the Pacers' 121-106 win over the Knicks.

Friday's results

Atlanta Hawks 123-121 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 113-106 Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers 121-106 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 122-105 Brooklyn Nets
Houston Rockets 141-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 119-115 Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trail Blazers 127-96 Charlotte Hornets
Utah Jazz 113-95 Los Angeles lakers
Golden State Warriors 146-109 Chicago Bulls

 

Spurs at Thunder

The Spurs and Thunder are coming off of one of the best games of the season in a double-overtime thriller Thursday and could deliver again.

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.

James Harden put the end of his historic scoring streak down to flat shooting and a slow start in the Houston Rockets' 110-101 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. 

The Rockets guard had become the first NBA player to score 40 points or more in five consecutive games, but Portland held him to 38 points on 13-of-35 shooting.

Mike D'Antoni suggested Harden could have some lingering emotions hanging on him from Thursday after their overtime win against the Golden State Warriors, but the 29-year-old felt he let his high standards slip early on.

"My shots were flat in the beginning of the game," Harden said. So I just had to adjust a little bit, get them up. That was another thing, for myself I've got to get off to a better start.

"I picked it up in the third quarter and the second half, but that first half I had the same opportunities I normally get but my shot was just a little flat."

The Rockets went 5-0 during Harden's 40-point streak and had moved up from 14th in the Western Conference to fourth after winning 11 of their past 12 games.

He joined elite company like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as the only players to have a run like that in the past 50 years.

"It's unbelievable now, you grade him on a sharp curve where if he gets 38, now if he doesn't get 40 it's like, 'well, what's wrong with you?'" D'Antoni said.

"He's gone up another level and he'll stay up there. And that's why when people say, 'he can't continue on this tear,' yeah he can, because he's doing it with ease, as long as he stays healthy."

While Harden acknowledged his record run was impressive, he was ready to shift his focus back to winning as he looks ahead to Houston's game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

"Honestly that streak is pretty cool for stats and whatnot, but honestly the win is more important," Harden said. "So, came up short [against the Blazers] and now we've got another opportunity to go home and play Denver, who's playing exceptionally well. So we've got to regroup."

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.

Kawhi Leonard enjoyed a career-high night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Utah Jazz 122-116, while Ben Simmons provided a moment for the NBA's highlight-reel.

Leonard scored a career-high 45 points to lead the Raptors past the visiting Jazz on Tuesday.

The All-Star shot 16-of-22 from the field, and he did not just rack up points, he did it with one spectacular play after another, showing some un-Kawhi-like handles that baffled his defenders.

Toronto (28-11) needed the win to keep pace with the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Detroit Pistons for their fourth successive win and eighth in nine games.

Brook Lopez scored 25 to lead five Bucks in double figures. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo had a quiet night — by his standards anyway — with 15 points.

Milwaukee (26-10) lead the Eastern Conference by a half game over Toronto. 

 

Jokic triple-double inspires Nuggets

Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 15 assists and 14 rebounds in the Denver Nuggets' 115-108 victory over the New York Knicks.

Jae Crowder had 30 points off the bench for the Utah Jazz in their 122-116 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Blake Griffin scored 29 points as the Pistons went down to the Bucks.

 

Cauley-Stein struggles from the floor

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein hit only two of 14 shots in a 113-108 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

Don't turn your back on Simmons!

Philadelphia 76ers guard Simmons played an in-bounds pass off the back of his opponent before finishing with the slam to seal a 119-113 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Antetokounmpo cannot seem to play a single game without doing something amazing.

Blazers star Damian Lillard channels his inner Patrick Mahomes, hitting Jusuf Nurkic with a full-court pass for the dunk.

 

Tuesday's results

Toronto Raptors 122-116 Utah Jazz
Milwaukee Bucks 121-98 Detroit Pistons
Denver Nuggets 115-108 New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers 113-108 Sacramento Kings (OT)
Philadelphia 76ers 119-113 Los Angeles Clippers

 

Thunder at Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost two of three with LeBron James (groin) sidelined, but Kyle Kuzma said after a win over the Kings on Sunday the Lakers are "not just one player." The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a rare back-to-back set of games against the Dallas Mavericks, a close loss in the first, a blowout victory in the second.

Russell Westbrook just was not feeling it on Sunday as the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Dallas Mavericks 105-103, while the Philadelphia 76ers were no match for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Westbrook flirted with his normal triple-double, but he put on a four-of-22 shooting performance in the NBA on Sunday.

The former MVP recorded nine points, eight assists and nine rebounds. Paul George outperformed Westbrook by pouring in 36 points.

Luka Doncic paved the way to victory for Dallas. The rookie scored a team-high 25 points. DeAndre Jordan's 17-rebound double-double was crucial for the Mavericks, as well.

The Mavericks are still undefeated against the Thunder this season and improved to 17-18. Oklahoma City dropped to 22-13 but remain third in the Western Conference.

 

Towns posts double-double

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and three steals in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 113-104 win against the Miami Heat.

CJ McCollum scored 26 first-half points against the Philadelphia 76ers and finished with 35 in a crushing 129-95 victory for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Josh Hart got off to a hot start and scored 22 points in a 121-114 win for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings.

 

Raptors roar but Powell struggles

Norman Powell scored four points on two-of-nine shooting and missed all five of his three-point attempts in a 95-89 win for the Toronto Raptors over the Chicago Bulls.

Reggie Jackson scored 10 points on five-of-15 shooting as the Detroit Pistons fell short to the Orlando Magic 109-107.

 

Ingram with the skills

Brandon Ingram used this nifty ball fake to get to the basket for an effortless finish against the Kings.

Evan Fournier floated this game-winner up from the free-throw line to help the Magic beat the Pistons.

 

Sunday's results

Dallas Mavericks 105-103 Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers 129-95 Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 Sacramento Kings
Orlando Magic 109-107 Detroit Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves 113-104 Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors 95-89 Chicago Bulls

 

Grizzlies at Rockets

The Houston Rockets are shooting up the Western Conference standings while the Memphis Grizzlies may have already peaked. James Harden has recorded three consecutive 40-point games and the Rockets have thrived under his leadership while benefiting from the acquisition of Austin Rivers. The Grizzlies will have their hands full against one of the hottest players in the league.

Klay Thompson was always confident that he would return to form as he led the Golden State Warriors to victory at the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Warriors shooting guard had not scored more than 20 points in a game since December 14, contributing just five in a dismal defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, but he was back to his best at the Moda Center.

Thompson put up 32 points in a 115-105 road win and was caught on camera telling his right shooting hand: "I missed you!"

He now hopes to "get on a great roll".

Asked to explain the gesture afterwards, Thompson said: "It was just, 'I missed you - it's good to see you again'. It's been a five-game absence or so where he hasn't been the same.

"So to finally see the ball go in at a high rate felt really good. I will just keep being aggressive and hopefully get on a great roll from here."

He added to NBC Sports: "It's an 82-game season and I pride myself on being that [one of the NBA's best shooters] every night.

"If you have a four- or five-game stretch, you can't get down on yourself in the regular season. We've always come out on top, so I never get discouraged just because I'm missing shots. I keep plugging away."

Draymond Green similarly expected that Thompson would rediscover his best form soon enough.

"It's Klay," the forward said. "He's a great shooter, one of the greatest shooters we've ever seen. He's not going to slump forever."

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