Nuggets snap the Warriors' win streak


The loss ended the Warriors' 11-game winning streak on the eve of their showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day in a rematch of last season's NBA Finals. What started as a minor scare turned into a problem that kept Green out of the lineup for five out of six games.

The Raptors are 18-1 against the 76ers since 2013-2014.

Bobby Portis paced the Bulls with 17 points.

The Hornets won thanks to free throws, as they attempted 40 free throws to Milwaukee's 17.

But Charlotte, which missed its first six shots from the field in the third quarter, stormed back to take the lead with 3:46 left in the game. Antetokounmpo came into the game as the NBA's second-leading scorer at 29.6.

Victor Oladipo scored 38 points and was ideal from the free-throw line, helping IN escape with a 123-119 overtime victory over Brooklyn. Nikola Jokić had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Jayson Tatum added 13 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics (27-9) as all five starters were in double figures.

While Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have largely fought off the sense of complacency the Warriors could have developed with Curry off the floor for an extended period, neither player had their shooting stroke in form against the Nuggets.

Bradley Beal and Otto Porter each scored 17 points while Markieff Morris had 16.

Westbrook scored 27 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen both scored 10.

Dennis Schroder scored a game-high 33 points, Ersan Ilyasova added another 21, and Atlanta beat visiting Dallas. It had been a long time since the Warriors sent reserves into a game with over three minutes remaining, raising a symbolic white flag acknowledging defeat.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (26-6): Power forward Draymond Green (shoulder) returned from a four-game absence to contribute 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the win over the Lakers.

The Celtics avenged a lopsided defeat in Chicago on December 11, when they lost by 23.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 as Boston coasted past Chicago 117-92.

Washington, which scored its most points this season, rebounded from a 35-point loss at Brooklyn on Friday night. The most surprising part of the stat was that Nikola Jokic, who leads in the Nuggets in Player Efficiency Rating and Adjusted Plus/Minus, gave away the ball a season-high ten times. Clark's two 3-pointers and Davis' triple keyed the run.

Guard Tyreke Evans scored 30 points with 11 assists as Memphis hung on to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Denver Nuggets (17-15) emphatically snapped their two-game losing skid with a 102-85 win over the Damian Lillard-less Portland Trail Blazers last night. The 115 points marked a season high.

Paul George added 26 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in 16 points for the Thunder.