NBA games Thursday, scores, highlights, news: Knicks win despite Porzingis injury

There are only five games on Thursday's NBA schedule, but with a national TV doubleheader that includes a matchup between LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, there should be plenty of action.

Let's get into it.

NBA scores for Thursday, Dec. 14

All times Eastern

LeBron James ties Larry Bird for sixth on triple-double list

Before Thursday's game, a sick child asked James to dunk on Lonzo Ball. He wasn't able to pull that off, but he did give the kid a pretty good consolation prize, recording his 59th career triple-double. With 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the Cavs' 121-112 victory, James tied Celtics legend Larry Bird for sixth place on the all-time triple-double list.

Warriors win eighth game in a row

The Golden State Warriors stayed perfect with out Stephen Curry, improving to 4-0 without their starting point guard and winning their eighth straight game 112-97 over the Mavericks. Kevin Durant was incredible once again, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Klay Thompson added 25 points, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts -- including four straight in the third quarter. 

Drummond's big night helps Pistons snap losing streak

After a hot start this season, the Pistons have fallen apart in recent weeks, losing seven straight games. But thanks to a big night from Andre Drummond, they prevented that streak from reaching eight. The big man finished with 12 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two steals in a 105-91 victory over the Hawks.

He also threw down this thunderous slam to put an exclamation point on the victory.

Lonzo with the slick pass

Lonzo Ball is known for his passing skills, and he showed why during the third quarter Thursday night in Cleveland. After grabbing a rebound, he tossed a full-court pass to Brandon Ingram for an easy bucket.

Hawks fan cashes out from half court

A lucky Atlanta Hawks fan went home with $10,000 on Thursday night after he sank a half-court shot. You have to see his form.

Brook Lopez had an interesting few minutes

First, Lopez just completely moved out of the way as LeBron James came down the lane looking for a dunk. 

Then, a short time later, Lopez stepped to the line and airballed two straight free throws.

Kristaps Porzingis throws it down early, but leaves with knee injury

The Knicks big man got loose in semi-transition early on against the Nets and after taking the smooth bounce pass from Jarrett Jack, he threw it down with authority. 

Unfortunately, he was later forced out of the game during the third quarter with a left knee injury.

Towns' big night leads Wolves to victory

Karl-Anthony Towns had a big night, finishing with 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks to lead the Timberwolves over the Kings 119-96. In the process, he became just the second player in Wolves history to have a 25-point, 10-rebound, five-assist and five-block performance. Kevin Garnett, of course, was the other.

John Collins shows off athleticism on alley-oop

Collins, the Hawks' first-round pick, immediately became one of the league's most athletic players as soon as he was drafted. Against the Pistons, he showed off that athleticism by throwing down an impressive alley-oop off the feed from Ersan Ilyasova.

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