NBA wrap 19 December

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 129-119 in triple overtime. Damian Lillard scored a career best of 43 points, with 16 of them coming after regulation, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 16 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews contributed 16 points to help his side to victory.

LeBron James scored 22 points and Mike Miller added 21 on seven 3-pointers to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a tight 95-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Joe Johnson was the top scorer for the Nets with his 26 points. Brooklyn cut Cleveland's lead and came close, but Kevin Garnett missed a three-pointer in the dying seconds.

The Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-98 with a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves were missing several players through injury, allowing the Celtics to take a third straight victory. Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points, while Jeff Green added 18 and Jarred Sullinger posted 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant missed a 17-foot jumper just before the buzzer as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Lakers 104-103. Russell Westbrook scored 31 for the Thunder, while the Lakers missed MVP Kevin Durant.

Wilson Chandler top scored for the Denver Nuggests with 16 points in their 109-106 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.  Nate Robinson also contributed 20 points off the bench to help the Nuggets end a three game losing streak. Blake Giffin was the top scorer for the Clippers with his 32 point contribution.

Jimmy Butler was the undisputed star of the Chicago Bulls 103-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Butler posted a double-double, with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Although Derrick Rose was missing due to illness, the Bulls were helped by Nikola Mirotic's 27 points off the bench.

Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and seven rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Detroit Pistions 110-100. The Raptors were also helped with 15 points apiece from Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams. The top scorer for Detroit was Brandon Jennings with 22 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 12th straight home loss.

The Washington Wizards defeated the Miami Heat in a 105-103 thriller thanks to a Bradley Beal intercept and free throws in the final seconds. John Wall top scored with 20 points and 10 assists while Nene added 20 off the bench. Dwayne Wade's 28 points, was not enough to help the struggling Heat. 

The Utah Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic 101-94, to secure their first back to back victories of the season. Derrick Favours added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Gordon Hayward contributed 20 points.  Tobia Harris added 24 points for Orlando, but it was not enough.

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 109-91 to break their four game losing streak. Kemba Walker starred with his season-high 30 points, while Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Tony Wroten and Robert Covington each added 19 points, but it was not enough to help the struggling 76ers.

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