NBA Scores, highlights: Luka Doncic stuns Rockets with late-game heroics; Celtics win by historic proportions
There was no shortage of NBA action on Saturday night
Nine games populated the NBA's schedule on Saturday night, beginning with a showdown of Texas teams when the Rockets traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. That one didn't disappoint, as Luka Doncic led the Mavericks on a late comeback to get their ninth straight win at home.
The Pacers went on to take down the Kings in a matchup of two teams looking to improve their playoff positioning, while the Celtics manhandled the Bulls in Chicago and the Lakers took care of business against the upstart Grizzlies.
Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's NBA action:
NBA schedule for Saturday, Dec. 8
- Dallas Mavericks 107, Houston Rockets 104 (Box Score)
- Indiana Pacers 107, Sacramento Kings 97 (Box Score)
- Brooklyn Nets 112, New York Knicks 104 (Box Score)
- Atlanta Hawks 106, Denver Nuggets 98 (Box Score)
- Cleveland Cavaliers 116, Washington Wizards 101 (Box Score)
- Boston Celtics 133, Chicago Bulls 77 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Lakers 111, Memphis Grizzlies 88 (Box Score)
- Portland Trail Blazers 113, Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (Box Score)
- Miami Heat 121, Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Box Score)
NBA schedule for Sunday, Dec. 9
*All times Eastern
- New Orleans Pelicans at Detroit Pistons, 3:30 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on FuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors, 6 p.m. (GameTracker) -- TV: NBA TV Streaming: fubo TV (try it free)
- Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs, 7 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on FuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension)
- Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on FuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension)
Doncic rescues Mavericks in closing minutes
The Mavericks won their ninth straight game at home, beating the Rockets in thrilling fashion. Once again, Luka Doncic proved he's the truth, as he single-handedly rescued the Mavericks in this one. Down eight in the closing minutes, Doncic went on a personal 11-0 run to rescue the Mavs. He finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Celtics crush the Bulls by historic margin
The Boston Celtics have faced their fair share of criticism after their sluggish start to the season but things were certainly clicking this evening against the Chicago Bulls. The C's opened the game on a 17-0 run, and went on to win by a whopping 56 points, 133-77.
Wade shines in 1,000th career game
Dwyane Wade is back for "one last dance," as he put it prior to the season, and he's dancing his shoes off. In his 1,000th game on Saturday, he had another strong night, finishing with 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the Heat's big win over the Clippers.
Lillard's big night gets Trail Blazers past Wolves
Damian Lillard stepped up for the Trail Blazers on Saturday night, putting up 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead his squad to a much-needed win over the Timberwolves. This was the second win in a row for the Blazers after previously losing six out of seven. More importantly, though, it was a win over a good team, something they haven't had many of lately.
Jokic does it again
Nikola Jokic has always been a great passer, but this season he's stepped up the difficulty with some truly spectacular assists. He added another to the highlight reel against the Hawks, dropping a blind behind-the-back feed to Trey Lyles. Later on, Jokic did it again to set a teammate up for an emphatic slam dunk.
LeBron starts off the night with a monster slam dunk
LeBron James has gotten off to a record start in his Lakers career and he continued that trend on Saturday night by helping the Purple and Gold get going on the offensive end with this emphatic slam dunk.
Carter throws down a tip-dunk for the Hawks
Vince Carter might be one of the oldest players in NBA history to throw down a tip-dunk like he did against the Nuggets on Saturday night as he cleaned up his teammate's missed shot in style.
Wall finds Beal with a wicked bounce pass
Brunson finds DAJ on long-range oop
Lakers' Ingram out for at least a week
Ingram didn't travel with the Lakers for their weekend road trip to San Antonio and Memphis, and he will now also miss the team's upcoming games on Monday and Thursday against the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, respectively. He will be re-evaluated in a week and his status will be updated at that time.
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