Nikola Jokic scored 18 points, collected a season-best 16 rebounds and also had 10 assists and three steals during his third triple-double of the season to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 106-102 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The game was marred by a scary incident that led to Boston guard Kemba Walker being taken off the court on a stretcher with 3:13 left in the second quarter. The Celtics later announced that Walker was diagnosed with “concussion-like symptoms” and was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Denver’s Jamal Murray recorded a team-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and five assists as the Nuggets won their fourth straight game and eighth in the past nine. Will Barton added 15 points, and Paul Millsap contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jaylen Brown had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum added 16 points for the Celtics, who have lost three of their past four games following a 10-game winning streak.
Clippers 122, Rockets 119
Kawhi Leonard hit a go-ahead jumper with 15.4 seconds, lifting host Los Angeles over Houston in a thriller.
Clippers guard Lou Williams scored all 26 of his points in the second half. Leonard finished with 24 points and six rebounds while Paul George had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who won their fourth in a row.
James Harden had 37 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who dropped their second straight after an eight-game winning streak. Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, and Clint Capela had 17 points and 19 rebounds.
Lakers 130, Thunder 127
Anthony Davis scored 33 points, including his first career four-point play late in the fourth quarter, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 assists as visiting Los Angeles held off Oklahoma City.
It was the Lakers’ second victory over the Thunder in a span of three days, as they earned a tightly contested 112-107 decision Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points, and Danny Green added 14 as the Lakers won their sixth consecutive game and earned a 13th victory in their past 14 contests.
76ers 115, Spurs 104
Tobias Harris scored 26 points while Joel Embiid added 21 points and 14 rebounds to lift host Philadelphia past slumping San Antonio.
Al Horford scored 18 points and Furkan Korkmaz had 17 to carry the Sixers to their third win in a row. Ben Simmons completed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for Philadelphia, which improved to 6-0 at home.
DeMar DeRozan paced the Spurs with 29 points while Rudy Gay added 22. The reeling Spurs fell to 5-11 overall and suffered their eighth consecutive loss, the longest skid since head coach Gregg Popovich took over in 1996-97.
Jazz 113, Warriors 109
Mike Conley and Bogan Bogdanovic combined for 10 points in a 16-2, second-quarter burst that ultimately helped propel host Utah over pesky Golden State in Salt Lake City.
In winning a second straight game, the Jazz led by as many as 21 points early in the fourth quarter before the Warriors made an improbable late run that defied a fourth game in six nights on the road.
Donovan Mitchell finished with 30 points, Conley 27 and Bogdanovic 17 for the Jazz. With Draymond Green missing his second straight game with a sore heel, Golden State suited up just eight players, and seven of them scored in double figures.
Wizards 125, Hornets 118
Bradley Beal had 30 points and 12 assists, and Washington rallied to defeat visiting Charlotte.
The Wizards overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
It was Beal’s fifth-straight game with 30-or-more points, extending his career high. Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 11 rebounds while Davis Bertans (20 points) tied his career high with six 3-pointers.
Pistons 128, Hawks 103
Blake Griffin scored 24 points and host Detroit had its highest scoring first half in 36 years while snapping a five-game losing streak as it pummeled Atlanta.
Andre Drummond had 23 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes, and Bruce Brown supplied 14 points, seven assists and three steals while limiting Hawks star Trae Young to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting. Young poured in 38 points against the Pistons in the Hawks’ season opener, a 117-100 Atlanta victory.
Markieff Morris had 13 points, Langston Galloway tossed in 12 and Derrick Rose and Christian Wood added 11 apiece for Detroit. The Pistons shot 59.8 percent overall and made half of their 34 3-point tries.
Nets 116, Kings 97
Spencer Dinwiddie continued to effectively fill in for injured Kyrie Irving by scoring 23 points as Brooklyn never trailed in beating visiting Sacramento.
Dinwiddie started in place of Irving for the fourth straight game. Irving has been out due to right shoulder impingement and the Nets did not provide a further update on his status.
Without Irving’s 28.5 points per game, Dinwiddie set a career high by getting at least 20 points for the fourth straight game. He shot 8 of 15 overall, hit all seven of his free-throw attempts and handed out seven assists in helping the Nets win for the third time in four games.
Mavericks 143, Cavaliers 101
Luka Doncic collected 30 points and 14 assists as Dallas recorded a sweep of its four-game homestand with a convincing victory over Cleveland.
Doncic, who shot 11 of 18 from the floor before sitting out the fourth quarter, became the eighth Mavericks player to score 30-plus points in three straight games. The last to accomplish the feat was Dirk Nowitzki (2010), who received a standing ovation after being shown on the Jumbotron during the first quarter.
Nowitzki saw quite a performance from the home team, which surpassed 140 points for the second consecutive game. Justin Jackson had 19 points and Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 and added four blocks while playing in his 200th career game.
Heat 116, Bulls 108
Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead Miami to a win in Chicago.
Heat center Bam Adebayo finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds to notch his eighth double-double of the season. Kendrick Nunn (21 points), Goran Dragic (16) and Kelly Olynyk (10) also scored in double digits for Miami, which increased its season-high winning streak to five games.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Coby White and Thaddeus Young scored 12 points apiece to lead a spirited effort from the reserve unit for Chicago, which has lost four of its past five.
–Field Level Media