A 10-game slate comprised the NBA schedule for Friday night.
Things tipped off early on as the Dallas Mavericks visited the TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. Even without Kyrie Irving, the Celtics easily handled the Mavs thanks to big games from Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown.
The schedule got more interesting as the night finished off. The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their winning streak as they came back to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland. And out in Los Angeles, the Knicks picked up a surprising victory over the shorthanded Lakers at Staples Center.
Here’s everything you need to know about Friday night’s action, along with Saturday’s schedule.
NBA scores for Friday, Jan. 4
- Utah Jazz 117, Cleveland Cavaliers 91 (Box Score)
- Boston Celtics 114, Dallas Mavericks 93 (Box Score)
- Miami Heat 115, Washington Wizards 109 (Box Score)
- Indiana Pacers 119, Chicago Bulls 116 — OT (Box Score)
- Brooklyn Nets 109, Memphis Grizzlies 100 (Box Score)
- Minnesota Timberwolves 120, Orlando Magic 103 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 144, Atlanta Hawks 112 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Clippers 121, Phoenix Suns 111 (Box Score)
- New York Knicks 119, Los Angeles Lakers 112 (Box Score)
- Oklahoma City Thunder 111, Portland Trail Blazers 109 (Box Score)
NBA schedule for Saturday, Jan. 5
*All times Eastern
PG goes off again
Huge games are becoming a nightly occurrence for Paul George. He helped take down the Blazers by putting up 37 points and eight rebounds on Friday night.
Oladipo hits game-winner
The Pacers were up by eight points with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls launched a remarkable comeback, capped by Zach LaVine’s game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime.
Not to be outdone, however, Victor Oladipo banked in a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to give the Pacers the road win.
Lance gets tricky
You always have to keep your head up if you’re playing with Lance Stephenson. He hit Ivica Zubac with a behind-the-back dish for an easy bucket in the third quarter against the Knicks.
Luka beats the buzzer
Luka Doncic is only three months into his NBA career, but he’s already assembling a nice collection of highlights. His latest came on this fall-away 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer against the Celtics on Friday.
Celtics crowd shows Dirk love
In what will likely be his last game at the Garden, Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation from the Boston crowd when he entered the game on Friday night.
Kuzma out vs. Knicks
The Lakers, already without LeBron James, will be even more shorthanded on Friday. Forward Kyle Kuzma won’t play against the Knicks due to a back contusion.
Irving out for matchup versus Mavericks
Kyrie Irving didn’t suit up on Friday versus the Mavericks. The 26-year-old point guard sat out his second straight game due to an inflamed eye injury.