DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic may just be putting together his best season.
It still may not be enough to get the Denver Nuggets' big man a third straight NBA MVP.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rookie Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a stunning 116-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Philadelphia 76ers (12-9, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-8, third in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers square off against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Miami Heat (10-11, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (17-4, first in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat.
Indiana Pacers (11-8, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (10-9, seventh in the Western Conference)
Sacramento, California; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento will try to stop its three-game losing streak when the Kings take on Indiana.
Atlanta Hawks (11-10, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (5-16, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Orlando, Florida; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Orlando is looking to break its four-game home skid with a victory against Atlanta.
Memphis Grizzlies (12-8, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11, 10th in the Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota comes into the matchup with Memphis as losers of three straight games.
Toronto Raptors (11-9, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (12-8, third in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: OG Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors take on Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans in out-of-conference action.
Washington Wizards (11-10, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (11-11, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hosts the Washington Wizards after Kevin Durant scored 45 points in the Brooklyn Nets' 109-102 win against the Orlando Magic.
San Antonio Spurs (6-15, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8-13, 12th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio is looking to stop its eight-game slide with a victory over Oklahoma City.
Houston Rockets (5-15, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (13-7, second in the Western Conference)
Denver; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Denver comes into a matchup against Houston as winners of three straight games.
Chicago Bulls (9-11, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (14-6, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix takes on the Chicago Bulls after Devin Booker scored 44 points in the Phoenix Suns' 122-117 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points, including 29 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat Minnesota 142-127 on Monday after Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Devin Booker had 44 points, eight rebounds and six steals, and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to five with a 122-117 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored a season-high 31 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Houston Rockets 129-113 on Monday night.
The win was the Nuggets’ third in a row following a home loss last Tuesday against lowly Detroit.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and six assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Zach LaVine added 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists for the Bulls.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson scored 23 points, matched his career high with eight assists and converted a go-ahead three-point play with 44 seconds left to lift the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans to a 105-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An uneven start to the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves turned even worse when Karl-Anthony Towns had to be helped off the court in the third quarter at Washington. He wasn't putting any weight on his right leg.
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds in his return from injury, O.G. Anunoby scored 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-88 on Monday night.
BOSTON (AP) — The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year showed he can do it on offense, too.
Celtics point guard Marcus Smart had a career-high 15 assists on Monday night, adding 22 points to help Boston beat the Charlotte Hornets 140-105 and give the defending Eastern Conference champions their 13th win in 14 games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored a season-high 45 points, carrying the Brooklyn Nets to a 109-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night that got them back to .500.
Durant shot 19 of 24 from the field and added seven rebounds and five assists, playing 39 minutes on the second night of back-to-back games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points, including 29 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat Minnesota 142-127 on Monday night after Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid won one for the 76ers in 60 seconds.
Embiid scored seven of his 30 points in the final minute, including go-ahead 14-footer with 18.6 seconds left, and led Philadelphia past the Atlanta Hawks 104-101 in his return from a sprained left foot on Monday night.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman MJ Rice has been through the ringer in his first couple of months of college basketball: the back injury during preseason practices, a bout with COVID-19 and then kidney stones last week that sent him to the ER.
The Dallas Mavericks are close to a deal with four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday.
Walker's career has been on hold because of knee injuries, but the 32-year-old could give superstar Luka Doncic some much-needed backcourt help for the struggling Mavericks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Claude Giroux scored on a breakaway 20 seconds into overtime, Brady Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and the Ottawa Senators beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday night.
Alex DeBrincat had a power-play goal, Cam Talbot made 25 saves and the Senators won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak in late October.
Orlando Magic (5-15, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (10-11, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Nets -10.5; over/under is 220
Indiana Pacers (11-8, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7-11, 13th in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Monday, 10:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Lakers -4; over/under is 234.5
Charlotte Hornets (6-14, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (16-4, first in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Celtics -11.5; over/under is 227
Minnesota Timberwolves (10-10, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (10-10, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Wizards -1.5; over/under is 223
Los Angeles Clippers (12-9, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (11-9, seventh in the Western Conference)
Portland, Oregon; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles plays Portland in Western Conference action Tuesday.
Golden State Warriors (11-10, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (9-10, 11th in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry meet when Dallas hosts Golden State.
Atlanta Hawks (11-9, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (11-9, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: 76ers -1; over/under is 219
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-7, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (10-9, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Raptors -1; over/under is 219
New York Knicks (9-11, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (5-17, 15th in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Detroit plays New York looking to stop its three-game home slide.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Grayson Allen's sizzling start for Milwaukee meant the Dallas Mavericks couldn't stop their recent cold spell.
Allen went 7 of 7 from 3-point range in the game's first 17 1/2 minutes, and the Bucks never trailed in a 124-115 victory Sunday night that sent the Mavericks to their fourth straight loss.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac scored a season-high 31 points and pulled down a career-best 29 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-100 on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — After Ja Morant’s triple-double at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, his father asked for his jersey.
One problem: The Grizzlies star planned to give it to Knicks veteran Derrick Rose.
BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Smart laughs when he thinks about how far Jaylen Brown has come since he was a rookie.
There were moments during that 2016 season when he remembers a 19-year-old Brown at times recklessly driving 1-on-5 and throwing up wild shots at the rim.
DETROIT (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points, Evan Mobley added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied late to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-94 on Sunday.
“He’s really being aggressive,” Mitchell said about Mobley.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shake Milton had 29 points and seven assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Orlando Magic 133-103 on Sunday night.
Tobias Harris added 25 points for Philadelphia, which also beat the Magic 107-99 on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored 14 of his 32 points in the third quarter, Caleb Martin added 20 points and the Miami Heat snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 106-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac had the best game of his six-year NBA career on Sunday afternoon. Yet, the Los Angeles Clippers center was frustrated after picking up his sixth foul late in the fourth quarter.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jordan Poole pitched in 24 points off the bench and the Golden State Warriors used a 47-point first quarter to spark a 137-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Seth Curry added a season-high 29 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-94 on Sunday.
Curry was 7 for 10 on 3-pointers and had his highest point total with the Nets and the most by a Brooklyn reserve this season.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jaylen Murray scored 18 points as Saint Peter's beat Fairleigh Dickinson 77-63 on Sunday.
Murray shot 4 for 8 from beyond the arc and 6 of 6 from the free throw line for the Peacocks (4-2).
Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (11-8, third in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder play the New Orleans Pelicans.
Dallas Mavericks (9-9, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (13-5, second in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Bucks -6; over/under is 214.5
Chicago Bulls (8-11, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (12-10, eighth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah will try to break its four-game losing streak when the Jazz take on Chicago.
Phoenix Suns (13-6, first in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (10-8, sixth in the Western Conference)
Sacramento, California; Monday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix hits the road against Sacramento looking to break its three-game road skid.