In a California battle, the Kings reigned supreme with a 117-116 victory over the Lakers Thursday night.
In the Lakers’ first game without LeBron James, who is sidelined with a groin injury, Bogdan Bogdanovic stepped up for the Kings and drilled a 3-pointer in the last seconds of the game to seal the win.
Bogdan Bogdanovic WINS IT AT THE BUZZER! WOW! pic.twitter.com/AVotcICkBk
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 28, 2018
Kyle Kuzma tried to fill James’ shoes, logging 34 points with four assists and nine rebounds, while Lonzo Ball was just short of a triple-double with 20 points,12 assists and nine rebounds.
Bogdanovic came off the bench to lead all Kings players with 23 points.
Stud of the Night
James Harden is the reigning league MVP, and he’s making his case for a second campaign. The Rockets star scored 45 points, marking the sixth game in a row he’s scored 35 points or more. He also made nine 3-pointers, which tied his career-high.
James Harden dropped 45 points in the Rockets’ win over the Celtics. It’s his 6th straight game scoring at least 35 points, tied for the 3rd-longest streak in the last 20 seasons. pic.twitter.com/WVMU7fEXyf
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 28, 2018
Dud of the Night
Klay Thompson’s slump continued as the Warriors fell to the Trail Blazers 110-109 in overtime. Thompson scored just 15 points off 6 of 19 field goal attempts, went 2-for-9 beyond the arc and went 1-for-4 in free throws. It also didn’t help that he got drilled in the face with the ball during the game.
Draymond Green bounces a pass off Klay Thompson’s head and the ball goes out of bounds 😂
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 28, 2018
Knicks center Enes Kanter and Bucks utility man Giannis Antetokounmpo got into a spat and needed teammates to pull them apart during Milwaukee’s 112-96 win.
Giannis and Enes Kanter got heated 👀 pic.twitter.com/mnVbVeBAUH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 28, 2018
Kyle Korver may be 37, but he can still shoot 3s like he did in his younger years. In the Jazz game against the 76ers, Korver sank this beauty right before the shot clock ran out at the end of the first quarter.
Kyle Korver drills it to beat the shot clock buzzer!
— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2018
Nuggets (21-12) at Spurs (19-16) 9 p.m. ET — Denver will travel San Antonio for these teams’ first matchup of the season. The surging Spurs have won seven of their last 10 games, while the Nuggets are half a game behind the Warriors in the Western Conference. Denver will be looking to shake off a tough loss against the Clippers, which saw Nikola Jokic ejected, while the Spurs will try to bounce back from a loss against the Rockets. It will be a matchup between two Western Conference teams that look poised for the postseason.