Monday night should be known as “basketball night” as 11 games took place on this NBA schedule.
Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans tried to end the Boston Celtics’ five-game winning streak but failed in their visit to TD Garden. The Golden State Warriors continued to bounce back from their temporary skid as they picked up their fourth straight win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena in Draymond Green’s return to the lineup.
Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s NBA action, along with Tuesday’s schedule.
NBA scores for Monday, Dec. 10
- Indiana Pacers 109, Washington Wizards 101 (Box Score)
- Philadelphia 76ers 116, Detroit Pistons 102 (Box Score)
- Boston Celtics 113, New Orleans Pelicans 100 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (Box Score)
- Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Utah Jazz 113 (Box Score)
- Sacramento Kings 108, Chicago Bulls 89 (Box Score)
- Dallas Mavericks 101, Orlando Magic 76 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Clippers 123, Phoenix Suns 119 — OT (Box Score)
- Denver Nuggets 105, Memphis Grizzlies 99 (Box Score)
- Golden State Warriors 116, Minnesota Timberwolves 108 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Lakers 108, Miami Heat 105 (Box Score)
NBA schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 11
*All times Eastern
LeBron takes down Olynyk
If this whole basketball thing doesn’t work out for LeBron, he’s got a future on the dodgeball circuit. James absolutely obliterated Kelly Olynyk as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds, sending Olynyk to the ground with a two-handed laser to the gut.
Warriors dazzle with ball movement
The Warriors move the ball as well as anyone in the league, and that was on display on the final play of the half against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Steph Curry threw a lob to Draymond Green, who contorted his body in mid-air to find Klay Thompson for a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
L.A. welcomes Wade one last time
Dwyane Wade took the floor against the Lakers at Staples Center for the last time in his career (unless the two teams surprisingly meet in the NBA Finals), and the crowd didn’t waste any time making him feel welcome.
George explodes for the Thunder against the Jazz
Paul George has been fantastic to start the season and he continued that high level of play on Monday night by lighting up the scoreboard for 31 points in just three quarters of action against their division rival.
Simmons and Embiid start the Sixers fast break
The Philadelphia 76ers lost Jimmy Butler in the early going this evening but Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid made sure that they didn’t suffer any setbacks by helping make plays like this on both ends of the floor.
Mavericks’ Doncic throws a dime between Vucevic’s legs
Luka Doncic looks like the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors with his play to start the 2018-19 campaign and while he probably didn’t anticipate this particular drive to the basket ending this way, he managed to make the best of the situation by finding Jalen Brunson with a pass between Nikola Vucevic’s legs.
Jazz’s Mitchell beats the buzzer from halfcourt
The Utah Jazz have a had a tough go of things in the early going against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night but Donovan Mitchell did his best to change that with this bucket.
Sixers’ Butler ruled out with a groin injury
The Philadelphia 76ers lost All-Star guard Jimmy Butler to an injury on Monday night as a strained groin ruled him out of their matchup with the Pistons much earlier than anyone associated with the franchise had hoped.
Bulls’ LaVine splits the defense and destroys the rim
The Bulls have been making headlines for all of the wrong reasons over the course of the past week but Zach LaVine is trying to make people talk about what they can do on the court once again with this emphatic finish against the Kings.
Delly returns to the Cavaliers with a three-pointer
Matthew Dellavedova made his 2018-19 debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night after being involved in the three-team trade which brought him back to Northeast Ohio this past weekend and, naturally, his first basket for the Wine and Gold came from beyond the arc.
Celtics’ Williams goes toe-to-toe with the Brow and wins
Robert Williams has not had much of an opportunity to make a contribution to the Boston Celtics’ lineup since being selected with the team’s first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but with the C’s facing a number of different injuries to core members of their rotation on Monday night that changed in a big way with this block on Anthony Davis.
Pacers’ Turner blocks Beal’s shot into the stands
Myles Turner continues to impress this season and he reminded the Washington Wizards and the rest of the league that he is a legitimate rim protector as he sent Bradley Beal’s attempt into the crowd.