NBA scores, highlights: Warriors host Bucks; Rockets visit Thunder as Russell Westbrook remains out

Four games highlight Thursday's NBA schedule with one marquee matchup standing out from the rest of the pack.

To start off the night, the Houston Rockets will look to get their season on track when they take on the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder. Carmelo Anthony will return to OKC for the first time since moving on to Houston. The Boston Celtics will visit the desert when they face the Phoenix Suns as they look to fix the kinks in their sluggish offense.

Meanwhile, the 6-4 Los Angeles Clippers take on the 8-3 Portland Trail Blazers in a possible preview of what to expect in the NBA playoffs come April.

To cap off Thursday, the 10-1 Golden State Warriors will play host to the 8-2 Milwaukee Bucks in the marquee matchup of the night. It's a storyline of East vs. West, as two of the best teams in the NBA collide at Oracle Arena. 

Take a look at all the scores, news and highlights from the night's action.

NBA scores for Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Oklahoma City Thunder 98, Houston Rockets 80 (Box score
  • Boston Celtics 116, Phoenix Suns 109, OT (Box score
  • Portland Trail Blazers 116, Los Angeles Clippers 105 (Box score
  • Milwaukee Bucks 134, Golden State Warriors 111 (Box score

Giannis had a message after the Bucks big win

The Bucks pulled out an impressive victory over the defending-champion Warriors, and afterwards Giannis Antetokounmpo had a message for the rest of the NBA. 

Kyrie went off against the Suns

The Celtics were down by 20 to the Suns at halftime, but thanks to a season-high 39 points from Kyrie Irving, they ultimately walked away with an overtime win. 

Antetokounmpo dunks on the Warriors 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a one-man wrecking crew, and the Warriors learned that the hard way on Thursday night. 

Henson said "no" to Durant

Warriors forward Kevin Durant thought he had an easy layup late in the first quarter against the Bucks, but John Henson had other ideas. 

Paul George picked up the slack in Westbrook's absence

With Russell Westbrook sidelined again on Thursday night, Paul George stepped up for the Thunder as he tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in the Thunder's blowout win over the Rockets. 

Westbrook ruled out against Rockets

The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook for the second consecutive game, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman

The former NBA MVP missed the Thunder's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night due to a left ankle injury suffered against the New Orleans Pelicans this past Monday night.

There is no timetable regarding Westbrook's return as he'll be reevaluated daily. Dennis Schroder, who scored a game-high 28 points in the win over the Cavaliers, will start again at point guard as the Thunder look to defeat the Rockets, who are currently on a three-game winning streak.

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