Kings stun Cavs; Warriors ease past Utah; Paul George keeps OKC rolling

CELTICS (28-10) 102; HORNETS (12-22) 91

Kyrie Irving (21/2/8) led Boston to a bounce-back win after losing on Christmas Day. Al Horford (20/11/1) posted a double-double and Jayson Tatum (18/5/0) scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. 

Kemba Walker (24/1/5) was the leading scorer for Charlotte and Dwight Howard (12/17/3) had a double-double but they have now lost 13 of 17.

MAVERICKS (11-25) 98; PACERS (19-16) 94

Dirk Nowitzki (15/7/3) led the charge for Dallas as they secured a surprise win on the road. They had another five players in double figures in a balanced scoring effort. 

Indiana was missing the injured Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson (16/15/5) looked to carry the load as he put up a double-double on the night but it wasn’t enough to prevent a home loss. 

WIZARDS (19-16) 99; HAWKS (9-25) 113

All five Atlanta starters scored in double-digits with Dennis Schroder (21/4/7) dropping a team-high. Ersan Ilyasova (20/9/0) also made a valuable contribution to secure consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Bradley Beal (20/6/3) led Washington but shot just 7-of-19 from the field and his backcourt partner John Wall (10/1/11) also struggled as he was 3-of-9 and their inconsistencies continue this year.

KNICKS (17-17) 87; BULLS (12-22) 92

Kristaps Porzingis (23/6/1) put up big numbers for New York but was only 9-of-22 from the field and once again struggled with his shot as they suffered a third straight loss. 

Kris Dunn (17/5/5) continued his excellent recent form by leading Chicago in scoring as they beat the Knicks for the second time at home and continued their resurgence. 

NUGGETS (19-16) 125; TIMBERWOLVES (22-13) 128 OT

Minnesota eventually came out on top in an overtime thriller thanks to a season-high from Jimmy Butler (39/4/5) who scored 12 of the team’s 14 points in the extra period. Taj Gibson (20/4/2) also had a strong night and Karl-Anthony Towns (14/13/6) put up his usual double-double. 

Will Barton (28/3/5) posted big numbers off the bench and Nikola Jokic (22/9/4) had an impressive game but their three-game winning streak came to an end in Minneapolis. 

NETS (12-22) 113; PELICANS (18-16) 128

Anthony Davis (33/11/2) and DeMarcus Cousins (27/14/5) recorded monster double-doubles to lead New Orleans to an easy home win. Rajon Rondo (2/7/25) dished out a career-high in assists on the night. 

Most of Brooklyn’s production came off the bench as they outscored the starters with Caris LeVert (22/6/7) leading the team but they never got close to the flying Pelicans.

RAPTORS (23-10) 107; THUNDER (20-15) 124

Paul George (33/8/2) had a huge night for OKC as they continued their surge with another win. Russell Westbrook (30/8/13) was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double as he produced another terrific performance.

C.J. Miles (20/1/0) led Toronto as their All-Star duo of DeMar DeRozan (15/6/2) and Kyle Lowry (13/4/10) had bad shooting nights going a combined 7-of-26.

CAVALIERS (24-11) 95; KINGS (12-22) 109

Vince Carter (24/5/3) rolled back the years as he led Sacramento in scoring to help them secure an unexpected win as he shot an efficient 10-of-12. Willie Cauley-Stein (17/9/4) also made a vital contribution to the victory off the bench.

LeBron James (18/10/14) had a triple-double but was only 6-of-17 from the field. Kevin Love (23/5/0) had a team-high but it’s now back-to-back defeats for Cleveland.  

JAZZ (15-21) 101; WARRIORS (28-7) 126

The champions had six players in double figures as they got an easy home win. Kevin Durant (21/6/4) led the way as usual and Draymond Green (14/8/8) flirted with another triple-double. Patrick McCaw (18/4/0) was impressive off the bench.

Rodney Hood (26/5/0) was big for Utah off the bench but they eventually couldn’t hang with the Warriors after the third quarter where they were outscored 42-22.

GRIZZLIES (11-24) 109; LAKERS (11-22) 99

Tyreke Evans (32/7/7) continues his resurgent season with another brilliant display as he guided Memphis to a road win at Staples Center. Jarrell Martin (20/8/0) also had a big night. 

Brandon Ingram (23/4/4) and Jordan Clarkson (22/4/2) put up strong numbers for L.A. but it’s three straight home defeats for the Purple and Gold.

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