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Cavaliers (5-7) 113; Rockets (9-3) 117

James Harden puts up a triple-double to help the Houston Rockets achieve a 117-113 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at the Toyota Center. The two franchise stars put up fantastic stat lines on national television, with Harden (35/11/13)earning a triple-double, while James (33/4/7) scored over 30 points himself but he did commit nine turnovers. Jeff Green (27/5/2) was 11-of-15 shooting off the Cavaliers' bench, while Eric Gordon (20/2/0) and Clint Capela (19/13/1) played well for the Rockets'. Capela sealed the win for Houston with an alley-oop dunk with 1:10 left in the game. 

Lakers (5-7) 95; Wizards (6-5) 111

John Wall and Bradley Beal shined for the Washington Wizards to help them win 111-95 on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Capital One Arena. Wall (23/8/5) and Beal (22/5/5) both were on point for the Wizards, while they managed to hold Lakers' Lonzo Ball (10/8/8) to 3-for-12 on field-goal tries, although he did come close to his first ever triple-double. Brook Lopez (15/4/0) and Jordan Clarkson (15/2/0) were the top scorers on the night for Los Angeles, while Otto Porter (20/11/2) contributed to help Washington snap a three-game home losing streak.

Pelicans (6-6) 118; Raptors (7-4) 122

DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka helped the Toronto Raptors achieve their fifth straight win over the New Orleans Pelicans with a 122-118 at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night. DeRozan (33/2/8), Ibaka (19/8/3), and Kyle Lowry (18/6/7) helped the Raptors snap the Pelicans' three-game winning streak. Jrue Holiday was the best performer on the night for New Orleans. Demarcus Cousins (20/15/5) and Anthony Davis (18/7/2) both had 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in Tuesday's win at Indiana, but neither reached those heights against Toronto.

76ers (6-5) 108; Kings (3-8) 109

With 13.4 seconds remaining in the game, De'Aaron Fox (11/4/7) made a 19-foot jumper to give the Sacramento Kings a 109-108 win against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Golden 1 Center on Thursday night, ending a five-game winning streak for their opponents that marked their longest in six years. The rookie may have scored the game-winning shot, but it was Justin Jackson (19/1/2) that performed the best from the bench for the Kings. Zach Randolph (20/7/2) scored the most for Sacramento, while Robert Covington (24/7/0) and Joel Embiid (22/15/2) were the top players for Philadelphia on the night.

Thunder (4-7) 94; Nuggets (7-5) 102

The Oklahoma City Thunder extended their losing streak to four following a 102-94 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. Emmanuel Mudiay (21/7/5) scored a season-high on the night, and Paul Millsap (17/7/5) did well for Denver too. In total, six players scored double figures for the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony (28/5/0) performed well against his former team, and his points moved him to 24th place on the NBA all-time scoring list, passing Allen Iverson. Russell Westbrook (13/7/5) and Paul George (13/8/2) vastly underperformed and couldn't help Oklahoma avoid another defeat.

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