Monday night in the NBA was filled with unfortunate injuries, big dunks, and plenty of late-game drama.
Let’s get into it.
NBA scores for Monday, Jan. 8
Jimmy Butler leads Timberwolves to dominant win over Cavs
When the Timberwolves traded for Butler this summer, these were the performances they had in mind. Nearly recording a triple-double, Butler finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists as the Wolves cruised to a 28-point win over the visiting Cavs. And he did it all in just 27 minutes, which is an unusually short night for the Wolves’ ironman.
DeMar DeRozan, Spencer Dinwiddie duel, Kyle Lowry leaves with scary injury
DeMar DeRozan came up clutch as the Raptors escaped with a wild win over the Nets. The Raptors’ star went back and forth with Spencer Dinwiddie in a thrilling final few minutes of regulation and overtime. In the end, DeRozan’s and-one with under 30 seconds to go proved the difference, as Dinwiddie’s last-second effort was no good.
DeRozan finished with 35 points and six assists, while Dinwiddie submitted a career-high 31 points, along with five rebounds and eight assists.
Though they got the win, there will be some concern in the Raptors locker room, as Kyle Lowry suffered a scary fall during the hectic overtime. He landed right on his back, and had to be carried off the floor by his teammates.
Curry shines in Warriors’ win
Steph Curry had to leave Monday night’s game for a short time with what the team called a left knee strain. He returned to the game, however, which was good news for the Warriors. And, as you can probably gather, bad news for the Nuggets. Curry poured in 32 points on the night, including a ridiculously long 3-pointer, and added nine assists in the Warriors’ 124-114 win.
CP3, Gordon, Green combine for 70 in Rockets’ win
The Rockets’ backcourt had it all working against the Bulls. The starters, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, each put up 24 points, while Gerald Green came off the bench to add 22 of his own in the Rockets’ 116-107 win.
C.J. Williams wins it for the Clippers
Who is C.J. Williams, you might ask? Well, that’s a fair question, because it’s likely that most people are unfamiliar with the 27-year-old. After his heroics on Monday night, however, his name should be well-known — at least in Los Angeles. Signed on a two-way contract, Williams is getting his first NBA experience this season, and hit his first game-winning shot, a 3-pointer that lifted the Clips over the Hawks.
Lance gonna Lance
Lance Stephenson was doing a lot of very Lance Stephenson things on Monday night during the Pacers’ win over the Bucks. First, he got a steal and tossed a behind-the-back pass to T.J. Leaf in transition.
A bit later, he then whipped a rocket of a pass inside, and upon doing so crumpled to the ground dramatically for seemingly no reason whatsoever.
LeBron rejects Tyus Jones, Wolves guard gets him back
Late in the second quarter, Tyus Jones made a valiant attempt to go straight at LeBron James on the fast break, but his effort — as so many have been over the years — was authoritatively sent into the crowd.
A short time later though, Jones was able to get to the rim before LeBron could get back, and punched home the fast-break jam. It wasn’t exactly dunking on LeBron, but after what happened the previous time, it was a nice result for the young guard — especially after LeBron called him Tyler while talking to the media.
Lou Williams elevates
The veteran guard can fill it up, but he isn’t exactly known for his dunking ability. But make no mistake, he can throw it down, as he showed against the Hawks.
Anthony Davis shines, but leaves with ankle injury
The Pelicans’ star big man had an incredible night going, putting up 30 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes. However, he had to leave the game early after spraining his ankle. Thankfully, the X-Rays were negative.
Gerald Green soars
Green has been a 3-point sensation for the Rockets since signing with them, but on this play he showed off what he’s most known for: his dunking ability.
Allen holds his own personal dunk contest
Nets rookie big man Jarrett Allen was slamming and jamming against the Raptors.
Korver passes Pierce for fourth on all-time 3-point list
Early in the second quarter against the Timberwolves, Kyle Korver knocked down a 3-pointer off the dribble, and in doing so moved into fourth place on the all-time 3-point list ahead of the recently retired Paul Pierce.