There was no shortage of NBA action on Monday night, as eight games populated the league's schedule. The fun began with the Bucks squeaking out a win over the Pistons in Detroit, and it ended with the Blazers beating a struggling Clippers team in Los Angeles.
In between those bookend games, the Knicks were knocked off by the Suns, the Bulls were handled in Oklahoma City by the Thunder, the Jazz fell to the Rockets in Houston, the Wolves dominated the Kings in Minnesota, the Sixers were embarrassed by the Spurs in San Antonio, and the defending champion Warriors easily defeated the Grizzlies without Mike Conley in the lineup at Oracle Arena.
Here's everything you need to know about Monday's games, along with Tuesday's schedule.
NBA scores for Monday, Dec. 17
- Milwaukee Bucks 107, Detroit Pistons 104 (Box Score)
- Phoenix Suns 128, New York Knicks 110 (Box Score)
- Oklahoma City Thunder 121, Chicago Bulls 96 (Box Score)
- Houston Rockets 102, Utah Jazz 97 (Box Score)
- Minnesota Timberwolves 132, Sacramento Kings 105 (Box Score)
- San Antonio Spurs 123, Philadelphia 76ers 96 (Box Score)
- Golden State Warriors 110, Memphis Grizzlies 93 (Box Score)
- Portland Trail Blazers 131, Los Angeles Clippers 127 (Box Score)
NBA schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 18
*All times Eastern
- Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on fuboTV with NBA League Pass extension)
- Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on fuboTV with NBA League Pass extension)
- Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. (GameTracker) -- TV: NBA TV Streaming: fubo TV (try it free)
- Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m. (GameTracker) -- (Watch on fuboTV with NBA League Pass extension)
Turner to Leonard for ferocious dunk
Evan Turner is quite the playmaker and Meyers Leonard is quite the dunker. While these two don't quite have the reputation of the aforementioned descriptions, they were exactly as described for one play versus the Clippers.
Evan Turner flips it over his head to Meyers Leonard! #RipCity#NBA League Pass:https://t.co/cYXnbWzIYB pic.twitter.com/VBoxgl52zC— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
Curry reaches 15K points on 3-pointer versus Grizzlies
Stephen Curry reached the 15,000-point plateau the only way he knows how. The two-time NBA MVP eclipsed 15,000 points on a 3-pointer versus the Grizzlies.
Steph Curry hits 15,000 career points the only way he knows how. 💦#DubNation | #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/1VLO0p8FlX— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 18, 2018
Rockets' Harden explodes for 47 points in win over Jazz
The reigning NBA MVP showed that he is still just as dominant as ever on Monday night as he lifted his team to victory over a very game Jazz roster by exploding for 47 points in the showdown of potential playoff teams.
James Harden got bucket after bucket tonight! 🔥— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 18, 2018
📊: 47 PTS | 6 REB | 5 AST#Rockets pic.twitter.com/08o5sr1Mf4
Gibson tries to block a shot with his shoe
Taj Gibson submitted a candidate for the funniest play of the season when he tried to block a shot with his shoe against the Kings. This might not be allowed, but it sure was cool.
one shoe— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 18, 2018
zero problems 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QrcuuKculQ
Rudy rocks the rim
Rudy Gay can really fly when he gets a bit of a running start, and he showed that against the Sixers. Joel Embiid made a wise decision not to jump on this one .
"WATCH OUT!"#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/BqwyXjb2hM— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 18, 2018
Okogie flies for back-to-back slams
Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie had himself a pretty impressive couple of minutes against the Kings. First, he got out on the fastbreak and flew for a nice slam, and narrowly avoided a serious injury when he fell off the rim. He was fine though, as he showed a short time later when he got up for a crazy alley-oop.
Josh Okogie can FLY! #NBARooks #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/2HaT93n35w— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
Josh Okogie rises for the major @Timberwolves alley-oop! #NBARooks #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/A5tqr4YvRN— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
George shines in first half
Paul George kept up his strong play this season by going off for 23 points in the first half against the Bulls. Sure, Chicago is one of the worst teams in the league, but scoring 23 points in one half is impressive no matter the competition.
Paul George puts up 23 first half PTS for @okcthunder! #ThunderUp— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
📱💻: https://t.co/cYXnbWzIYB pic.twitter.com/dmOowjePGb
Bucks' Antetokounmpo gets it done on both ends
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a human highlight reel and it did not take long for him to provide fans with some extremely impressive plays on both ends of the floor against the Pistons this evening as not long after his rejection on Andre Drummond, he attacked the basket and finished with authority.
Giannis rises for the @Bucks SWAT!— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
End of Q1:#DetroitBasketball 27#FearTheDeer 25#NBA League Pass:https://t.co/cYXnbWzIYB pic.twitter.com/beSwpQ5d9E
The Greek Freak back at it AGAIN!! 🔨 #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/qSCya8oE4R— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 18, 2018
Suns' Ayton goes all the way up to finish a lob pass
While Luke Doncic has stolen plenty of headlines since his rookie season started, Suns center DeAndre Ayton has been impressive in his own right and he continued that trend on Monday night by showing off his explosiveness on this alley-oop finish against the Knicks.
.@Suns big man Deandre Ayton gets out on the break and finishes the alley-oop! #NBARooks— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2018
📱💻: https://t.co/cYXnbWzIYB pic.twitter.com/3jyXFsXvLT
Pistons' Bullock gets off to a very hot start
Reggie Bullock and the Pistons still have a ways to go if they want to take down the Bucks in a Central Division showdown but the former Tar Heels standout is doing what he can to get the job done by scoring 10 points in the opening quarter, including the team's first eight points of the game.
Reggie B. with our first eight tonight! #PistonsNow— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) December 18, 2018
Watch on @FOXSportsDet pic.twitter.com/D2Q6PJtT11
Warriors' Curry on the cusp of a career milestone
Regardless of the outcome of this evening's matchup between the Grizzlies and the Warriors, the odds are high that Stephen Curry will be heading home from Oracle Arena with a major accomplishment under his belt as he enters Monday night's game just 10 points shy of reaching 15,000 for his professional career.
Thunder reportedly pick up Donovan's option for 2019-20
The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly come to a final decision on what the future will hold for longtime head coach Billy Donovan after he helped lead the team to a mark of 18-10 over the course of the opening third of the 2018-19 regular season campaign. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, Thunder general manager Sam Presti has elected to pick up the option in Donovan's contract for the 2019-20 season.
Playoff contenders jockey for position in the Western Conference
There are a number of intriguing matchups this evening between teams currently in the top eight of the Western Conference standings as the Warriors will host the Grizzlies while the Trail Blazers will travel to Los Angeles for a matchup with the Clippers. Given the way the teams are jumbled together in the West, tonight's final scores will have a major impact on the way the standings look on Tuesday.