Results, Ratings, Nikola Jokic, Warriors Defeat Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks Collapse, Score, LeBron James, Trade, Reaction, Jalen Brunson Injury
Defending NBA champion Golden State, leading scorer Stephen Curry out for at least two more weeks with a shoulder injury, defeated Western Conference co-leader Memphis 123-109.
Jordan Poole scored 32 points to lead Golden State before picking up his second technical foul and being ejected with 9:20 left and the Warriors leading 106-89.
Golden State, which picked up six total technical fouls, improved to 13-2 at home and 16-18 overall.
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Ja Morant had 36 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to lead the Grizzlies, who fell to 20-12. He shot 15-for-29 from the floor, but just 2-for-10 from 3-point range.
Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, while Draymond Green had season-highs 13 rebounds and 13 assists with just three points.
Late in the game, Denver defeated Phoenix 128-125 in OT, with NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic posting an epic triple-double.
Jokic, the 27-year-old Serbian superstar center, scored 41 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 15 assists to spark the Nuggets.
Jokic’s point total, on 16-of-25 shooting from the floor, was the most for any Christmas triple-double in NBA history.
“It’s beautiful. It’s just a game,” Jokic said. “Everyone can have a good game.”
It was Jokic’s 83rd career triple-double and seventh this season. The win gave the Nuggets (21-11) a one-game Western Conference lead over Memphis and New Orleans.
“We keep fighting,” Jokic said of the comeback win. “We have a lot of guys that can play. I’m happy we’re winning. We’re playing really well.”
Denver’s Aaron Gordon added 28 points, many on big jump slam dunks, and 13 rebounds, while Jamal Murray had 26 points.
Murray’s layup with 11 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 113-113, while a late dunk and overtime free throw by Gordon helped seal Denver’s victory.
“It was a crazy game, a lot of up and down, a lot of runs for both teams,” Jokic said. “I think it’s supposed to be an easier game for us. We got the victory. That’s the biggest thing.” Reserve Landry Shamut scored 31 points to lead Phoenix, which lost star Devin Booker to a groin injury after playing just four minutes.
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MAVS’ THIRD THIRD THIRD TERRY SENTENCE LAKERS TO MORE MISERIE
A 51-point quarter propelled the Dallas Mavericks to a stunning 124-115 comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday morning.
It was the LeBron James show early for the Lakers, who took a 54-43 halftime lead after a quick start by the 37-year-old, who scored 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting with three assists
The Lakers were plus-25 in James’ 19 minutes on the court in the first half and minus-14 in the six minutes he sat on the bench.
LA had done well to hold the Mavericks to under 40 percent shooting, stifling Luka Doncic with double teams to restrict the Dallas superstar to just 10 points at the half.
Everything changed in the third quarter, but the Mavs outscored the Lakers 51-21.
while Doncic put on a show to inspire an amazing fightback.
The Slovenian superstar had 13 points, six assists, two rebounds and a steal in the third quarter alone.
James had six points and two assists in the period and picked up where he left off in the fourth with a series of free throws, but the damage was already done.
At the time, it was a lost cause for the Lakers, with the Mavericks’ 51-point outburst setting a new record for most points scored in a quarter in Christmas history.
James finished the game with 38 points, six rebounds and five assists through 34 minutes, with none of the other four Lakers starters reaching double figures.
Instead, Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavs with 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but he had a lot of help from Christian Wood (30 points), Tim Hardaway Jr. (26 points) and Reggie Bullock (14 points).
TATUM EXPLODES WINNING WIN FOR BOSTON
Elsewhere, Boston’s Jayson Tatum scored 41 points to power the NBA-leading Celtics over Milwaukee 139-118 in a Christmas showdown of the league’s top two teams.
Jaylen Brown had 29 points for the Celtics, who improved to 24-10 and extended their Eastern Conference lead over the Bucks, who fell to 22-11 but still own the NBA’s second-best record .
Tatum connected on 14 of 22 shots from the floor and added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
He scored 20 points in the third quarter on 7-of-10 shooting as the Celtics extended their 62-61 halftime lead to 100-86 early in the fourth quarter.
His effort was bolstered by points from the other 11 players who took the court for Boston, particularly Brown, whose 11-of-19 shooting effort included 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Tatum delivered the most spectacular hoop of the game with a slam dunk over Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, but no blocked shots.
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The Knicks have dropped three straight after a fourth-quarter collapse in a 119-112 loss to the 76ers at the Garden on Monday morning. [AEDT].
The Knicks (18-16) were unable to cool off the 76ers, who have won eight in a row. The Knicks looked like the better team for much of the game, but Joel Embiid kept the 76ers afloat and kept several Knicks defenders on the bench in foul trouble.
The Knicks ran out of defenders to bother Embiid, who was limited early (3 of his first 9 from the field) but excelled once he put Mitchell Robinson in foul trouble late in the second quarter. Embiid finished with 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting.
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The 76ers never led until Georges Niang followed a James Harden 3-pointer with a 3-pointer of his own at 10:37 of the quarter, giving the 76ers a 101-98 lead they would not return. Philadelphia opened the fourth period with a 13-4 run, when the 76ers simply hit their open looks and the Knicks missed theirs.
Once the 76ers had the lead, they were in control. They outscored the Knicks 24-16 in the fourth, when the Knicks shot 7-for-23 from the floor. The Knicks, who had led by 14 points in the first quarter, were trailing by 14 after Embiid was fouled at 4:48 of the quarter, prompting a Thibodeau timeout.
The Knicks outrebounded the 76ers (46-32), outrebounded them (30-22) and had 13 more second-chance points. But Philadelphia had Embiid and had the touch from deep, shooting 18-for-39 from beyond the arc. The Knicks shot just 12-for-32 from deep.
The Knicks missed an excellent offensive performance from Julius Randle (35 points), who was able to take the paint to get his points or pile them up from behind the arc. Jalen Brunson added 23 points and 11 assists.
Brunson went to the locker room with a hip injury and did not make himself available to the media after the game.
Elsewhere, Harden addressed pregame reports that he would consider returning to the Rockets in free agency this summer.
“I’m here,” he told reporters after the game.
“We’re playing really well and I don’t know where this report came from, but I’m excited to be here and we’re playing really well. We keep getting better.”
Portions of this article first appeared The New York Postand reproduced with permission.
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