Clippers 106, Magic 104
Jazz 123, Wizards 98
Cavaliers 117, Kings 103
Heat 118, Bulls 92
Grizzlies 113, Rockets 106
Nuggets 127, Spurs 112
76ers 102, Warriors 93
What went down
It was sort of ridiculous that there was already a countdown for Steph Curry breaking the all-time 3-pointers made record tonight, when he was still 10 away from Ray Allen's record.
That must have been bulletin board material for the Philadelphia 76ers – a top 10 defensive team – because they made #CurryWatch a comedy.
Steph went 3-for-14 from deep and 30 percent from the floor overall. The Sixers never let Curry have too much space as guys like Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey made sure the record wouldn’t be broken against them.
The Sixers, now fully healthy, have won four of their last five games and are climbing back to the top of the East with a 14-12 record. The Warriors, on the other hand, are still tied for the best record in the league at 21-4. Maybe Steph breaks the record on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers.
Big time baller
It's been tough sledding for the Denver Nuggets this season. Luckily, reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been enough to keep them in the postseason hunt, despite all the injuries.
Against the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, the Serbian center dished out his best game of the season, tallying 35 points on 15-for-24 shooting with 17 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and a steal.
When you have 30 points, you draw attention.— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2021
And when you can pass like that...
You're the reigning MVP. 🤯
Watch Joker, @nuggets on League Passhttps://t.co/5QqkBhf1W0 pic.twitter.com/yrxHTpYpVH
It’s going to be tough to make a case for a back-to-back Jokic MVP, but the Nuggets turn into chicken nuggets any time he’s off the floor. Last season was historic for centers like Jokic. He might have an even better statistical season this year.
What he said
Monty Williams is a class act – a true role model within the league. He’s also quite the interview guy. Today during shootaround, Williams had the perfect analogy for watching Javle McGee pull up for a 3-point shot.
"I felt like I was putting a diaper on a grizzly bear" - Suns head coach Monty Williams on watching JaVale McGee hit a 3-pointer last night @FOX10Phoenix #ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/xOd2hu58lh— Robby Baker (@RobbyBakerTV) December 11, 2021
Did you see that?
There's a good chance you weren’t up for this but the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic figured in one of the wildest closing sequences of the season.
Cole Anthony started it, drilling a 3 to tie the game.
Cole-blooded triple!— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2021
Anthony ties the game with 23.6 left on League Pass.
Watch Here: https://t.co/5QqkBhf1W0 pic.twitter.com/jLazNJDYwh
The Magic had control for most of the game, but a late run led by Reggie Jackson allowed them to take the lead that Anthony just took away. With Paul George resting, it was only right for Jackson to finish the game.
"REGGIE JACKSON, ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP?"— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2021
Reggie wins it for the @LAClippers. pic.twitter.com/XGmZK24raV