Luka Doncic shone on his comeback from injury and Gregg Popovich likened the Dallas Mavericks star to NBA great Magic Johnson.

After sitting out four games with an ankle problem, Doncic marked his return to the floor with 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Mavs beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-98 on Thursday.

Spurs coach Popovich branded the Slovenian – who had a 42-point triple-double when the teams last met – a "beast" in a TV interview after he scored half of Dallas' 20 first-quarter points.

The five-time NBA championship-winning coach was even more effusive in his praise at the conclusion of the game.

"I hate to say this: he's not Magic Johnson, but it's Magic Johnson-like in the sense that he sees the floor in that same way," said Popovich.

"He's got a real intuitive sense, and you can't teach that. He's just got it and he's great at it.

"I'm not trying to put the Magic Johnson pressure on him – he's not ready for that yet – but he's doing a hell of a job."

After missing out on All-Star selection in his rookie season, Doncic said he hopes to make the grade this time around. However, he is focused on getting back up to speed after experiencing fatigue towards the end of his 33 minutes on the floor.

"I'm not going to lie I was pretty tired going to the end of the game," said Doncic.

"It's difficult when you're out like four or five games, you've gotta catch up and [I'm] just gonna get better.

"[The ankle is] good. I'm gonna keep icing it and the bandage on it – it's good.

"I just want to play, I don't want to miss any games. But I got some rest too and I'll just keep going."

Luka Doncic made an impressive return for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, while Chris Paul's efforts were not enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Doncic returned from an ankle injury and starred again after missing four games for the Mavericks.

The guard had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, and contributed eight assists, in a 102-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points for Dallas, while Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis added 13 each.

Paul had a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists in the Thunder's 110-97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 21 points on nine-of-11 shooting.

 

Marvellous Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell's 35 points helped the Utah Jazz to a 121-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Joe Ingles (26 points) and Rudy Gobert (16 points and 15 rebounds) also starred for Utah.

Gorgui Dieng's double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds helped the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Sacramento Kings 105-104 after double overtime.

 

Misery for Nets

The Brooklyn Nets went 21-of-78 from the field – just 26.9 per cent – in a 94-82 loss to the New York Knicks. Taurean Prince was one-of-10.

 

Curry magic

Seth Curry produced a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Doncic, without looking.

Thursday's results

Detroit Pistons 132-102 Washington Wizards
New York Knicks 94-82 Brooklyn Nets
Memphis Grizzlies 110-97 Oklahoma City Thunder
Dallas Mavericks 102-98 San Antonio Spurs
Minnesota Timberwolves 105-104 Sacramento Kings
Utah Jazz 121-115 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Pacers at Heat

Two of the top five teams in the Eastern Conference do battle as the Indiana Pacers (21-10) visit the Miami Heat (22-8) on Friday.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will make his return from injury against the San Antonio Spurs on Boxing Day.

Doncic has been sidelined with a sprained right ankle, the reigning Rookie of the Year missing the Mavericks' past four NBA games.

The Mavericks guard injured his ankle after stepping on the foot of the Miami Heat's Kendrick Nunn on December 14.

However, Doncic will make his comeback against the Spurs in Dallas.

Doncic has averaged 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game for the Mavericks (19-10) this season.

Meanwhile, Slovenia's Doncic has agreed to a footwear deal with the Jordan Brand.

After months of speculation, Doncic – a sneaker free agent – opted for the Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike.

"It is exciting to join such a talented roster and being given the privilege of defining the next generation of the Jordan Brand," said Doncic.

"Michael Jordan was a hero of mine growing up, so being able to represent this iconic brand, especially as a kid from Slovenia, is an honour."

Chicago Bulls great and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan added: "Luka is a phenomenal player, and at such a young age. He's demonstrating skill it takes many guys years to develop. It will be incredible to watch him continue to advance in the league.

"We are excited to welcome him to the Jordan Brand family. He rounds out a roster of incredible new talent united to represent Jordan Brand for the next generation."

Nick Nurse never feared the Toronto Raptors would "mail it in" after witnessing his side produce a stunning franchise-record comeback to deny the Dallas Mavericks.

The defending champions trailed by 30 points late in the third quarter of Sunday's contest but produced the biggest NBA fightback in a decade to secure a memorable 110-107 win at Scotiabank Arena.

Even more impressively, the Raptors were without forward Pascal Siakam (groin), center Marc Gasol (hamstring) and shooting guard Norman Powell (shoulder) but Kyle Lowry saved 20 of his 32 points for a dramatic fourth quarter.

Head coach Nurse had nothing but praise for the fighting spirit within his roster.

"I would say historically we've always been a team that fights," Nurse said.

"In my time here, we hardly ever mail it in. It's a good characteristic to have. That thought barely came into my head there, and I said, 'we're going to give it a go here to start the fourth.'"

Lowry refused to take the individual plaudits, instead choosing to praise a cast of reserves including Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher, Terence Davis and Malcolm Miller.

"We had a great team effort," said Lowry, who also contributed eight rebounds and 10 assists. 

"Malcolm, Terence Davis, Rondae and Chris Boucher, I give them all the credit today. They won that game for us. Give those guys the credit, man, seriously."

The Los Angeles Lakers lost in LeBron James' absence in the NBA on Sunday, while the Toronto Raptors rallied from 30 points down to beat the Dallas Mavericks.

James missed the clash with the Denver Nuggets due to a thoracic muscle strain and his absence hurt the Western Conference leaders in a 128-104 loss at Staples Center.

Anthony Davis played almost a lone hand for the Lakers (24-6), posting 32 points and 11 rebounds as he fought through a suspected knee problem sustained after an awkward fall in the third quarter.

Kyle Kuzma added 16 points on his return from an ankle injury but there was no stopping the Nuggets (20-8), who were inspired by Paul Millsap's 21 points and a double-double from Will Barton (14 points, 13 rebounds).

Defending champions the Raptors, meanwhile, set a franchise record with their incredible 110-107 win against the Luka Doncic-less Mavericks.

Kyle Lowry led the way with 32 points and 10 assists as Toronto (21-8) overturned a 30-point third-quarter deficit to record their largest-ever comeback victory.

 

Giannis guides Bucks past Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo fell one assist short of a triple-double as his 18 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists helped the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-89 rout of the Indiana Pacers, who were on a five-game winning streak before Sunday's contest.

Jayson Tatum put up a career-high 39 points on 15-of-29 shooting in the Boston Celtics' 119-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets to stay in touch with the Bucks.

Paul George endured an unhappy return to Oklahoma City as the Los Angeles Clippers, who rested Kawhi Leonard, led for three quarters before slipping to a 118-112 defeat to the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, part of the trade that sent All-Star George to the Clippers, posted 32 points for the second time in a week.

 

Brogdon's rough Bucks reunion

Before facing the Bucks, Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon said he would not have left Milwaukee had he been properly "valued". He gave his old team little cause for regret at Fiserv Forum, making five of 19 shots from the floor and going zero-for-four from three-point range.

 

Monk's massive dunk

Malik Monk provided a highlight for the Hornets with a huge dunk over Enes Kanter.

Sunday's results

Toronto Raptors 110-107 Dallas Mavericks
Boston Celtics 119-93 Charlotte Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder 118-112 Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks 117-89 Indiana Pacers
Denver Nuggets 128-104 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Raptors at Pacers

Toronto will look to carry their momentum into Monday's important Eastern Conference encounter with the Pacers, who have a point to prove after falling well short against the Bucks.

Joel Embiid said the Philadelphia 76ers are "playing scared" after suffering a second consecutive home loss in the NBA.

Championship hopefuls the 76ers had opened the season with a flawless 14-0 record at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

But the 76ers (20-10) have dropped back-to-back games on home court, upstaged 117-98 by the Dallas Mavericks on Friday following Wednesday's defeat to the Miami Heat.

The 76ers – who have lost three straight games overall – have looked uncomfortable and a shadow of the team attempting to reach the NBA Finals.

All-Star Embiid, who led the 76ers with 33 points and 17 rebounds, told reporters: "I feel like, especially tonight, we were playing scared. Basketball is easy. You just shoot it, pass it, move it. If you don't got a shot just pass it.

"I felt like tonight we had a few open looks, [and] you just got to shoot it. But then again, it's also a balance, that's what I've been dealing with. You got a lot of people telling you to be aggressive and all that, and obviously you don't want to be selfish, but at the end of the day if you got to make something happen, you got to, especially if you feel like you have a look.

"In those situations if you're wide open, or if you're open, just shoot it. We're going to get an offensive rebound or we're going to make something happen."

Like they did against the Heat midweek, the 76ers struggled against zone defence as Philadelphia fell to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.

"I think that the influence that our inability lately, to, like, be put on our back heels against the zone has crept into our defense, our psyche, our spirit," head coach Brown said. "And I can't stand it.

"This is not who we are. It's not who we are. ... I love coaching these guys, because I respect them. And I feel like our competitive spirit has taken a dent because of our inability to score, and I think that any time you get into a mood swing that affects your defense because your offense is doing something, it needs to be addressed."

Brown added: "I haven't seen that in this group ... how long has it been since the Brooklyn game? Six days? Before that, we were all feeling pretty good ... the past six days, if that's what it is, the past three games we have laid eggs. We have not played with a competitive drive that reflects this team. It's not, at all, how I see the world."

Kristaps Porzingis showed there is more to the Dallas Mavericks than just Luka Doncic after inspiring a 117-98 win over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.

Without injured star guard Doncic, Porzingis posted 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Mavericks on Friday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 27 points of his own as the Mavericks improved to 11-2 on the road, despite Doncic's absence due to a right ankle sprain.

For the 76ers, it was their second straight defeat on home court, having opened the season 14-0 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Joel Embiid had 33 points and 17 rebounds for the 76ers, who lost their consecutive game overall, and Ben Simmons (12 points) and Josh Richardson (10) were the only other players with double-digit points.

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors edged the Washington Wizards 122-118, despite an injury-riddled line-up.

The Raptors were without leading scorer Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Norman Powell (shoulder) but Kyle Lowry's 26 points and Serge Ibaka's 23 and 10 rebounds lifted Toronto.

 

Lillard and McCollum star

Damian Lillard put up 36 points and CJ McCollum contributed 31 of his own as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Orlando Magic 118-103. It was Portland's third straight win – a season-high.

Bobby Portis scored 30 points in the New York Knicks' 129-114 defeat away to the Miami Heat.

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Phoenix Suns 126-108 thanks to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's 32 points.

 

Tough night for Kemba

While the Boston Celtics saw off the Detroit Pistons 114-93, Kemba Walker struggled. The Celtics guard missed all six shots from the floor, while he was also 0 of three for three-pointers. Walker finished with two points and 11 assists in 30 minutes.

 

Morant with the best missed dunk of all time

Ja Morant almost destroyed Kevin Love with a devastating dunk that saw the Memphis Grizzlies rookie attempt to jump over the Cleveland Cavaliers veteran.

 

Friday's results

Toronto Raptors 122-118 Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics 114-93 Detroit Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers 114-107 Memphis Grizzlies
Indiana Pacers 119-105 Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets 109-100 Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder 126-108 Phoenix Suns
Miami Heat 129-114 New York Knicks
Dallas Mavericks 117-98 Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 Orlando Magic
Golden State Warriors 106-102 New Orleans Pelicans

 

Clippers at Spurs

After going down to the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers are away to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The Clippers have lost two of their last three games, while the Spurs are coming off two wins in three outings.

The Miami Heat snapped the Philadelphia 76ers' unbeaten start at home with a 108-104 victory in the NBA.

Philadelphia boasted a 14-0 record on home court until Wednesday's defeat to their Eastern Conference rivals at Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers eased past the Heat 113-86 in Philadelphia last month, however, they succumbed to Miami (20-8) and Kendrick Nunn's 26 points and Bam Adebayo's 23.

Joel Embiid posted 22 points and 19 rebounds for the 76ers (20-9), who closed within 106-104 25.5 seconds from the end.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics prevailed 109-103 against the Luka Doncic-less Dallas Mavericks midweek.

Kemba Walker's 32 points were a game high as the Celtics left Dallas with the win.

 

Pelicans snap franchise record

After a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak, the New Orleans Pelicans upstaged the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99. Brandon Ingram had 34 points for the visiting Pelicans.

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors were 112-99 winners against the Detroit Pistons thanks to Kyle Lowry's 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Jamal Murray's 33 points and Nikola Jokic's double-double of 18 points and 12 assists fuelled the Denver Nuggets' 113-104 victory over the Orlando Magic.

 

Raptors pay the price

Already without star guard Fred VanVleet, the Raptors lost Marc Gasol and Norman Powell to injures in Detroit. Gasol left with a hamstring strain in the opening quarter before Nowell departed in the fourth due to his left shoulder.

Thaddeus Young made just one field goal from 10 attempts and was 0 of four from beyond the arc in 20 minutes as the Chicago Bulls edged the Washington Wizards 110-109 in overtime.

 

Lillard says no!

As Alec Burks stared down a three-pointer, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard swatted the ball away from the Golden State Warriors man.

Wednesday's results

Denver Nuggets 113-104 Orlando Magic
Oklahoma City Thunder 126-122 Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans 107-99 Minnesota Timberwolves
Toronto Raptors 112-99 Detroit Pistons
Miami Heat 108-104 Philadelphia 76ers
Cleveland Cavaliers 100-98 Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls 110-109 Washington Wizards (OT)
Boston Celtics 109-103 Dallas Mavericks
Portland Trail Blazers 122-112 Golden State Warriors

 

Lakers at Bucks

It is the battle everyone has been waiting for. Thursday's showdown sees Western Conference leaders the Los Angeles Lakers visit Eastern Conference pacesetters the Milwaukee Bucks. All eyes will be on LeBron James and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Giannis Antetokounmpo insists he must make big improvements defensively after the Milwaukee Bucks' 18-game winning run came to an end at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.

Antetokounmpo continued his prolific season with a haul of 48 points, 14 rebounds and four assists but could not stop the Mavericks – who were without key man Luka Doncic – from prevailing 120-116.

After a fourth-quarter timeout with three minutes and 13 seconds remaining, the Bucks went 21-9, with Antetokounmpo scoring and drawing a foul with 5.2 seconds remaining.

That concluded a surge towards an unlikely comeback as he missed the free throw to reduce the deficit to three points, but it was 25-year-old forward's all-round game that was the focus of his attention afterwards.

"My dad and my brother always say that to excel and be better you've got to experience adversity," Antetokounmpo told reporters.

"It starts from the leader of the team to the last player. We've got to see what we did wrong.

"I've got to step it up defensively and play way, way better defense to help my team.

"Obviously I want to win, I'm mad about tonight's loss but you've got to take it, learn from it and get better.

"We've got to realise we can lose as a team, we can't win every game. This is going to help us as a team, to bring it every night."

Up next for the Bucks is a mouthwatering clash against the Los Angeles Lakers and Antetokounmpo will be in no mood to take a backwards step when faced with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

"It's going to be a good game, it's going to be a test for us. We've got to bring it," he added.

"We've got to play good basketball, we've got to move the ball. We don't want to lose two in a row.

"They've got two of the top five players in the world."

The Dallas Mavericks ended the Milwaukee Bucks' winning streak at 18 games after prevailing 120-116 in the NBA.

Despite the absence of injured star and MVP candidate Luka Doncic, the Mavericks stopped the red-hot Bucks on Monday.

Not even Giannis Antetokounmpo's 48 points and 14 rebounds were enough to prevent the Bucks from tasting defeat for the first time since November 8.

The Bucks (24-4) were on their longest winning streak since a franchise-record 20 consecutive victories in 1970-71.

Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis inspired the Mavericks (18-8) with 26 points apiece on the road in Milwaukee.

 

Rockets rally sets franchise record

Russell Westbrook (31 points) and James Harden (28 points) combined as the Houston Rockets overturned a 25-point deficit to top the San Antonio Spurs 109-107. It is the franchise's largest comeback since Houston rallied from 23 points down against the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977.

Pascal Siakam had 33 points and Kyle Lowry posted 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors past the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers 133-113.

Rookie Ja Morant scored 20 points and supplied 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies cooled the Miami Heat 118-111.

CJ McCollum recorded 30 points, Damian Lillard finished with 27 and Carmelo Anthony added 23 as the Trail Blazers edged the Phoenix Suns 111-110. Paul became the second player in NBA history with 18,000 points, 9,000 assists and 2,000 steals.

Zach LaVine's 39 points could not stop the Chicago Bulls from falling 109-106 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were led by Chris Paul's 30 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Cavs get little from bench

It was another tough night for the Cavaliers (6-21), who have lost seven of eight games in December. None of the team's bench players reached double-digit points.

 

Lillard with crucial three-point play

The Blazers guard came up big when his team needed him most. With 25.6 seconds remaining and Portland trailing 110-108, Lillard made a bucket and the foul to put the Blazers ahead and for good.

 

Monday's results

Washington Wizards 133-119 Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors 133-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 120-116 Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-106 Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets 109-107 San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies 118-111 Miami Heat
Portland Trail Blazers 111-110 Phoenix Suns

 

Lakers at Pacers

The LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers show rolls into Indiana for Tuesday's clash with the Pacers. The Lakers (24-3) have won seven straight, while the 18-9 Pacers are eyeing their fourth consecutive victory.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss Monday's clash against the Milwaukee Bucks due to an ankle injury.

Doncic sprained his right ankle during the Mavs' 122-118 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

An NBA MVP contender this season, the 20-year-old was set to face fellow star Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks.

However, he was ruled out on Sunday, with the Mavs writing on Twitter: "#Mavericks guard Luka Doncic suffered a right ankle sprain in the first quarter of last night's game against Miami.

"Doncic will not travel with the team to Milwaukee for Monday night's game against the first-place Bucks."

The Mavericks are 17-8 and sit third in the Western Conference, but Doncic's absence is a huge blow.

Doncic is enjoying a stellar season, averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does not expect Luka Doncic to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday after suffering a right ankle sprain in their overtime defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Doncic played fewer than two minutes of the Mavericks' 122-118 loss to the Heat, which dropped them to a record of 17-8.

The Slovenian is enjoying a breakout second season that has him in the Most Valuable Player discussion. Doncic is averaging 29.3 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds. 

However, he is now unlikely to square off against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks, who lead the Eastern Conference after compiling 18 straight wins.

Speaking in a media conference, Carlisle said: "Luka has a right ankle sprain, we hope it's not serious, X-rays were negative."

The Mavericks trailed 73-50 at half-time but produced a stirring second-half fightback to force the extra five-minute period.

Asked what he said to his team in the interval with Doncic sidelined, Carlisle replied: "Don't have to say much, guys knew we were getting outplayed and outworked and we turned it around in the second half.

"We needed to make one more play or have one more ball bounce our way or get one more call.

"It's disappointing [Doncic's injury] but, next man up. Obviously we lose a guy that's a great player, we don't know for how long, and I don't expect him to play against Milwaukee, that's just an opinion that's not a media release or anything like that, but we've got to circle the wagons with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half, pretty simple. "

The Milwaukee Bucks stretched their winning streak in the NBA to 18 on Saturday, while the Los Angeles Clippers suffered a surprise loss.

The Bucks cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-108 for an 18th straight win, which is the second longest streak in the team's history.

Milwaukee were once again led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 29 points in just 24 minutes.

The Clippers' four-game winning run came to an end in a 109-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls claimed just their 10th victory of the season thanks largely to 31 points from Zach LaVine.

Kawhi Leonard missed the encounter due to a knee injury.

Super Siakam, marvellous Memphis

Pascal Siakam's 30 points helped the Toronto Raptors past the Brooklyn Nets 110-102.

The Memphis Grizzlies went 48-of-84 from the field to claim a 128-111 victory over the Washington Wizards.

 

Doncic scare

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered an ankle injury during the Dallas Mavericks' overtime loss to the Miami Heat.

He played less than two minutes in the defeat.

 

Murray's fine dunk

The Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray set up his own dunk by passing to himself off the backboard.

Saturday's results

San Antonio Spurs 121-119 Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors 110-102 Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls 109-106 Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies 128-111 Washington Wizards
Miami Heat 122-118 Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks 125-108 Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Lakers at Hawks

The Los Angeles Lakers (23-3) will be eyeing a seventh straight win when they visit the Atlanta Hawks (6-20) on Sunday.

Luka Doncic won effusive praise from coach Rick Carlisle after starring in the Dallas Mavericks' 122-111 win over the Detroit Pistons.

The 20-year-old had a triple-double of 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in an NBA clash staged in Mexico City.

Doncic won over the crowd after the Slovenian addressed them in Spanish ahead of Thursday's match, then lit up the arena with a stellar display.

"Doncic was spectacular," Carlisle said in quotes reported by the Mavericks' official website. 

"I thought [Kristaps] Porzingis was great. Seth Curry off the bench was a microwave. That means when you dial it and push the button, it gets hot real fast."

Carlisle was particularly pleased the fans were treated to Doncic at his best.

"This is getting routine. He's doing this a lot," he said. 

"I'm happy for him and I'm happy for the people of Mexico City to be able to see a performance like this. It was a great individual performance.

"But I also liked the way he moved the ball and stayed within the team. He's a great individual talent, but he knows how to play with his team-mates.

"Some of his lob passes to Porzingis were breathtaking, spectacular."

The win moved the Mavericks to 17-7, third in the Western Conference.

The Philadelphia 76ers handed the Boston Celtics their first home loss of the NBA season, while Luka Doncic starred once more on Thursday.

Joel Embiid had a double-double to see the 76ers past the Celtics 115-109, ending Boston's 10-match winning streak at TD Garden this season.

Embiid's 38 points and 13 rebounds lifted the 76ers, while Tobias Harris contributed 23 points.

Kemba Walker had a team-high 29 points for the Celtics, but he went eight-of-21 from the field.

Doncic's dominance continued during the Dallas Mavericks' 122-111 win over the Detroit Pistons.

The 20-year-old had a triple-double of 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Mexico City.

Love the star for Cavs

Kevin Love's 30 points and 17 rebounds saw the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 117-109 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs, ending an eight-game losing streak.

The Celtics went down to the 76ers, but Enes Kanter had 20 points off the bench on 10-of-13 shooting.

Nikola Jokic's double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds powered the Denver Nuggets past the Portland Trail Blazers 114-99.

 

Griffin struggles

As Doncic starred for the Mavericks, Blake Griffin struggled for the Pistons. The forward was three-of-16 for just 10 points in 30 minutes.

 

Delightful Doncic

Doncic delivered a brilliant behind-the-back pass to Dwight Powell.

Thursday's results

Philadelphia 76ers 115-109 Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers 117-109 San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks 122-111 Detroit Pistons
Denver Nuggets 114-99 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Lakers at Heat

LeBron James will return to Miami once more when the Los Angeles Lakers (22-3) face the Heat (18-6) on Friday.

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