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 Los Angeles Lakers dropped the Thunder 138-128 in overtime on Thursday, but Lonzo Ball did his best to give Oklahoma City a chance.

Up 122-119 with less than five seconds to play, the Lakers wanted to foul and take the three-point possibility out of the Thunder's hands.

And Ball did foul – just like his team-mates and coach were telling him to do from the sideline. The problem, however, was he managed to let time run off the clock and fouled Russell Westbrook in the act of shooting, which put him on the line with a chance to tie the game.

Westbrook did just that by knocking down all three shots.

Westbrook may not have actually been in the act of shooting. He threw up a shot when Ball touched him and he appeared to be on the ground when doing so. But the referee called the foul despite LeBron James' confusion online.

"So what really is "in the shooting motion" rule?!?!?" James wrote on Twitter. "Asking for a friend @OfficialNBARefs."

It was an unfortunate and bad play from Ball, but the good thing was the second-year player came out and hit two three-pointers to start overtime for the Lakers.

While he extended the team's game, he made sure it would not go past one extra frame and the Lakers (25-21) have now won two games in a row and four of their last six. The Thunder are 26-18 and have lost five of their last six.

 

Brilliant Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had 30 points, eight assists and two rebounds in a 111-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Jimmy Butler had an extremely efficient night in the Philadelphia 76ers' 120-96 win over the Indiana Pacers. He scored 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, went six of six from the free-throw line, added eight assists and five rebounds while tallying zero turnovers.

Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in New York's 101-100 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds in Chicago's 135-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

 

Biyombo struggles for Hornets

It is really hard to be minus-13 when you do not put up a single shot, but Bismack Biyombo pulled it off in the Charlotte Hornets' 114-95 win over the Sacramento Kings.

 

Siakam the hero

Pascal Siakam is not the first player you would think of that would hit a game-winning buzzer-beater for the Raptors but that is exactly what he did in their victory over the Suns.

Thursday's results

Washington Wizards 101-100 New York Knicks
Charlotte Hornets 114-95 Sacramento Kings
Philadelphia 76ers 120-96 Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors 111-109 Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets 135-105 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 138-128 Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Warriors at Clippers

It is DeMarcus Cousins' Golden State Warriors debut. The Warriors already set scoring records and three-point records this week without Cousins. Imagine them with him.

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal branded the suggestion it is easier for him to play without John Wall as "absolutely nonsense".

The annual NBA game in London seemingly came a year too soon for the New York Knicks. 

The New York Knicks threw away a 19-point lead and lost 101-100 to the Washington Wizards on a last-second goaltending call in a stunning finale at the O2 Arena in London.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver declared player safety is his top priority after admitting it was "very unfortunate" Enes Kanter did not travel with the New York Knicks to London. 

Knicks center Kanter opted against making the trip to the English capital due to safety fears amid tensions with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

The dispute between the player and Erdogan stems in part from the player's support of United States-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the president accuses of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow the Turkish government – an allegation Gulen denies. 

Kanter responded to a report that Turkish prosecutors were seeking an international arrest warrant for him by stating they "cannot present any single piece of evidence" of his alleged wrongdoing. 

The NBA commissioner understands the difficult situation Kanter finds himself in, meaning he missed out on facing the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena on Thursday. 

"My stance is that I think it's very unfortunate that Enes Kanter is not here with New York Knicks," said Silver.

"I understand his reasoning why he elected not to come. There was never a suggestion from the league that he was not welcome on this trip.

"We live in a world where these are significant issues that he's dealing with and I recognise that as the NBA is a global business we have to pay attention.

"There's nothing more important to me as commissioner than the security of our players, so we take very seriously the threats that he has received."

The NBA could be heading to Paris next year instead of London, Adam Silver has revealed.

A solitary regular-season games has taken place in the English capital every year since 2013, while the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors played back-to-back fixtures in the United Kingdom in 2011.

The last time the NBA went to France was when the New York Knicks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, but NBA commissioner Silver revealed a return could be on the cards in 2020.

Asked about the potential of a game being played in Paris ahead of the Knicks' meeting with the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday, he told a news conference: "I'm told I'm not allowed to break news today, but yes, it is possible.

"It's something we're looking at very closely, playing a game in Paris next season.

"France has historically been a terrific market for the NBA. We've played many exhibition games in Paris over the years, I remember being there with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

"We took a number of years off because your arena got renovated. We're looking forward to returning."

On whether the match in Paris would be in addition to another in London, he added: "That is not clear yet. It's a very labour intensive undertaking to bring regular-season games to Europe.

"Right now, we're thinking the format will be to have one game next year."

With LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott Brooks is confident the Washington Wizards can still compete for a playoff spot despite the key absences of John Wall and Dwight Howard.

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.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal joined an exclusive club on Sunday.

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. 

Andrew Wiggins inspired the Minnesota Timberwolves to a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

The Timberwolves travelled to Oklahoma City and handed the Thunder a 119-117 loss.

Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams all totalled more than 20 points for the Thunder but they could not will themselves past a streaking Wiggins, who recorded a game-high 40 points on 11-of-24 shooting. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds of his own for Minnesota. 

George, Westbrook and Adams scored 27, 25 and 20 points respectively.

The win was the first for new Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders, who took over after the team fired Tom Thibodeau on Sunday.

The Thunder dropped to 25-15 while the Timberwolves improved to 20-21.

Jokic lifts Nuggets

Nikola Jokic had a triple-double in a 103-99 win for the Nuggets against the Heat. He recorded 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Landry Shamet scored a career-high 29 points and made eight three-pointers for the 76ers in a 132-115 win over the Wizards.

Kawhi Leonard tallied 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting as the Raptors topped the Hawks 104-101.

Klay Thompson erupted for 43 points on 18-of-29 shooting in a 122-95 victory for the Warriors over the Knicks.

 

Curry struggles for Warriors

Stephen Curry tallied 14 points but shot just five of 19 from the field.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored seven points on three-of-11 shooting as the Kings fell to the Suns 115-111.

 

Curry provides clever assist

Curry dished a no-look assist to a slashing Kevon Looney for a slam.

De'Aaron Fox tracked down De'Anthony Melton in transition and pinned a layup against the backboard.

Tuesday's results

Indiana Pacers 123-115 Cleveland Cavaliers
Philadelphia 76ers 132-115 Washington Wizards
Denver Nuggets 103-99 Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors 104-101 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-117 Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns 115-111 Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors 122-95 New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers 128-109 Charlotte Hornets

 

Bucks at Rockets

Houston have been one of the toughest teams to beat, especially at home. Milwaukee will have to step into the Toyota Center and top a Rockets team that have won their past 10 home games. Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden will be looking to lead their respective sides to victory.

The Toronto Raptors did not have a hard time as they beat the Indiana Pacers 121-105 behind the efforts of an unlikely leading scorer on Sunday.

Kyle Lowry made his return to Toronto's lineup against Indiana and he put together a decent performance. He recorded 12 points, eight assists and three steals.

Norman Powell led all scorers, though, pouring in 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting off the bench for Toronto.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Indiana with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Even without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors were too much for the Pacers. Toronto snapped Indiana's six-game winning streak, dropping them to 26-13.

The Raptors improved to 30-12 and claimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Harris, Russell shine

Tobias Harris recorded 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds on 10-of-21 shooting in a 106-96 Clippers victory over the Magic.

D'Angelo Russell tallied 28 points and made six three-pointers as Brooklyn beat the Bulls 117-100.

Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 28 points and registered 18 rebounds to help the Timberwolves top the Lakers 108-86.

 

Awful Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk scored nine points on three-of-10 shooting and the Heat fell short to the Hawks 106-82.

Trevor Ariza scored four points on one-of-nine shooting, but the Wizards still managed to beat the Thunder 116-98.

 

Crawford class

Jamal Crawford elusively threw the ball between his own legs to get into the lane and make a floater in the Suns' 119-113 loss to the Hornets.

Jarrett Allen showed he can throw dunks down just as well as he can block them with a rim rocker.

Sunday's results

Brooklyn Nets 117-100 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Clippers 106-96 Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves 108-86 Los Angeles Lakers
Atlanta Hawks 106-82 Miami Heat
Washington Wizards 116-98 Oklahoma City Thunder
Toronto Raptors 121-105 Indiana Pacers
Charlotte Hornets 119-113 Phoenix Suns

 

Nuggets at Rockets

Denver (26-11) have been a pleasant surprise this season and will enter this matchup with the best record in the Western Conference. Houston (22-16) have been one of the NBA's hottest teams lately. While the Rockets lost to the Trail Blazers in their last game, they have been steadily climbing the standings.

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.

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