NBA games Tuesday, scores, highlights, updates: Isaiah Thomas scores 17 in Cavs debut

There were only five games on the second day of 2018, but  Isaiah Thomas made his Cavaliers debut so there was plenty to talk about. It also featured a game-saving block, a big night from Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobli getting too crafty for his own good.

Let's get into it.

NBA scores for Tuesday, Jan. 2

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Isaiah Thomas returns for Cavaliers

He's back. For the first time since the blockbuster trade this offseason, Isaiah Thomas suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was on a minutes restriction as he works his way back into game shape, but it was awesome to see the All-Star point guard back on the floor. He showed no slowdown from the hip injury that has sidelined him all season and played very well in his brief minutes, finishing with 17 points. Cavs fans have to be excited about the future with him after a performance like this.

Cavs fans make Thomas feel at home

Isaiah Thomas made his Cavaliers debut to loud cheers from the Cleveland fans.

Thomas scores first points in Cavs uniform

Isaiah Thomas didn't wait too long to get into the Cavs offense. He scored his first points on his new team in a hurry.

Marquese Chriss saves Suns with block

The Suns needed one last stop to knock off the Hawks. They did so with Marquese Chriss game-saving block.

LeBron still runs the floor like he's 28

LeBron James just turned 33, but he runs the floor like he's still in his 20s.

Kawhi Leonard scores season high

Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 25 points. Slowly but surely he's playing his way back into form. Look out for the Spurs.

Thomas dishes it out

Isaiah Thomas got everybody involved in his return. Watch him sling this ball to a cutting Dwyane Wade.

Dejounte Murray chases down a block

Dejounte Murray made sure if the Knicks were going to get two points they would have to earn it.

Manu Ginobili passes in a 3-pointer

Manu Ginobili badly missed on a pass, but it ended up going in. The refs thought he just missed the shot and allowed play to continue before they realized it had gone in and had to review it.

Michael Beasley goes all the way around for two

Michael Beasley got two points on this shot but not before the basketball took a nice long extended trip around the rim.

Count it because of cool points

Jae Crowder made an absurd circus shot. There really needs to be a rule that if something is cool enough the play should count anyway.

Blake Griffin Euro steps to ice the game

Blake Griffin hit the bucket that would eventually ice a win in the Clippers favor. He did so with a nice Euro step.

Jarell Martin throws down the hammer

Jarell Martin went the full length of the court to throw down this monster slam.


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