NBA scores, highlights: Raptors fall to Blazers in Kawhi's return; Nuggets beat OKC in Western Conference showdown

The Oklahoma City Thunder currently sit atop the Western Conference despite dealing with quite a few injuries this season. After dropping a narrow contest to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this week, the Thunder fell short in their matchup with the as Paul George and company failed to get the job done.

In addition, the Toronto Raptors failed to continue their dominance over the rest of the NBA following their impressive win against the Warriors as the fell the Trail Blazers

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Bucks' Antetokounmpo drops the hammer on the Cavs

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a human highlight reel and he delivered once again on Friday night on the Bucks' first possession of the game as he worked his way through the defense for a slam dunk.

Hornets' Monk dunks on Hardaway Jr., talks trash

Hornets guard Malik Monk has thrown down some explosive dunks this season and he did it again on Friday night on this finish from over Tim Hardaway Jr., as he proceeded to talk trash to the veteran before receiving a technical foul.

Sixers' Simmons fires a touch pass to Embiid

Ben Simmons may get knocked for his inability to stretch the floor but there is no doubt that he is an extremely gifted playmaker as evidenced by this assist to Joel Embiid in the early going in Philadelphia's showdown with the Pacers.

Knicks' Robinson skies high for the alley-oop finish

Mitchell Robinson is looking more and more like a steal of a pick for the Knicks and he added another play to his rookie season highlight reel this evening with this emphatic alley-oop finish. Unfortunately, Robinson would later roll his ankle and leave the game.

Celtics' Irving shows off his handles 

Kyrie Irving is one of the best ball handlers the league has to offer and he proved that to be true yet again on Friday night by finishing a tough shot after putting on a dribbling exhibition.

Bulls fielding calls for Parker

Prior to Thursday's loss to the Orlando Magic, ESPN's Malika Andrews reported that the Chicago Bulls were taking forward Jabari Parker out of their rotation. The proof definitely was in the pudding as Parker played just four minutes off the bench in a 97-91 Bulls loss. However, head coach Jim Boylen did admit that Parker's limited playing time all had to do with the matchups in the game. On Friday, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls are engaged in trade talks with several teams involving Parker. 

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