NBA scores, highlights: Raptors fall to Blazers in Kawhi's return; Nuggets beat OKC in Western Conference showdown
Friday's nine-game NBA slate offered quite a few intriguing matchups
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.
NBA schedule for Friday, Dec. 14
*All Times Eastern
- Celtics 129, Hawks 108 (Box Score)
- Knicks 126, Hornets 124 OT (Box Score)
- Nets 125, Wizards 118 (Box Score)
- Bucks 114, Cavaliers 102 (Box Score)
- Pacers 113, Sixers 101 (Box Score)
- Heat 100, Grizzlies 97 (Box Score)
- Nuggets 109, Thunder 98 (Box Score)
- Trail Blazers 128, Raptors 122 (Box Score)
- Warriors, 130, Kings 125 (Box Score)
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 with several teams involving Parker.
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