Monday provided us with a full slate of 11 games with no shortage of the league's top teams and talent on display.
If you missed any of the action, don't sweat it because we had you covered with everything around the Association.
LeBron edges Wade to take their head-to-head series
Going into tonight's contest, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were tied at 15 games apiece in their head-to-head rivalry. With this being their last matchup this game lived up to the hype to say the least, filled with emotional moments and a thrilling ending.
Trailing 96-90, the Lakers went on an 8-0 run to take a 98-96 lead with 4:36 remaining. After the Heat tied the game, James buried a clutch three to put the Lakers up on the next possession. With 1:38 on the clock and the Heat down by one, LeBron attacked the rim to get to the free throw line, sinking both free throws to make it a three-point game with 22 seconds left. Miami got the ball in Wade's hands giving him a chance to send the game, and their series, into OT but LeBron played lock down defense, forcing a miss to secure the win.
LeBron finished with 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while D-Wade ended with 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Take a look at how things transpired between these two as the night went on...
It all started with Wade and LeBron's pregame workout:
Then it was Wade's standing ovation and tribute video:
Lots of love for @DwyaneWade tonight in LA!- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 11, 2018
Watch the @Lakers 1st quarter tribute video in its entirety. pic.twitter.com/VqOfrhsaLI
Ending with LeBron and Wade matched up with the game on the line:
The game ended with Wade vs. LeBron with the game on the line ... because of course it did. pic.twitter.com/Bq9f6Z9Bu9- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2018
And a chance to soak up the moment as two best friends who competed at the highest level for 16 seasons:
.@DwyaneWade & @KingJames embrace after their final matchup. ✊#OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/YDN7iXze2l- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 11, 2018
Warriors win in Draymond's return
The Golden State Warriors got another player closer back to full strength tonight with the return of Draymond Green. In Green's return, he posted seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists over 30 minutes in a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This game remained close through its' entirety, thanks to a 31-point, 11-rebound double-double from Karl-Anthony Towns. At the end of the day, Stephen Curry was too much to handle, scoring 38 points on seven made 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds and six assists.
Steph Curry makes 7 3's en route to scoring 38 PTS, and the @warriors move to 12-2 at Oracle Arena! #DubNation pic.twitter.com/U2dutLLTfU- NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2018
Curry scored 25 of his 38 points in the second half, including 11 of that 38 in the fourth quarter to assure the Warriors would come out victorius. They have now won four consecutive games, advancing to 19-9 on the year, and Curry looks to be hitting his stride just in time for Wednesday's huge rematch against the Toronto Raptors.
Pacers, Celtics extend their win streaks
Going into tonight, the longest win streaks in the NBA belonged to the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. Each teams extended their winning streak tonight.
The Pacers, who have been without Victor Oladipo over the past 11 games, continue to find a way to get the job done. They defeated the Washington Wizards 109-101 to advance their winning streak to four games, the second longest in the NBA. The Wizards nearly made a comeback in this one, going on a 19-0 run from the four minute mark in the third quarter through just under 10 minutes in the fourth quarter.
They cut it as close as down by one point with 4:45 to go, but a clutch step-back 3-pointer from Darren Collison put the game back to two possessions and it never got any closer. It was a monster night for Pacers' centre Myles Turner, who finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, while Collison dished out a game-high 17 assists.
As for the Celtics, they went into this game without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward or Al Horford. With a roster extremely similar to the team that made the push in the Eastern Conference playoffs as season ago, they were able to handle Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-100. Davis gave the Celtics everything they could handle, putting up 41 points and seven rebounds, but a balanced scoring attack got the job done for Boston.
Marcus Morris led the way with a season-high 31 points while Jayson Tatum helped him out with 21 points. Jaylen Brown's hot hand off the bench continued in this one despite all the injuries to starters, scoring 19 points as a reserve in the win. The Celtics have now won six consecutive games, their longest streak of the season and the longest current streak in the league.
Top fantasy performers
Bradley Beal - 30 points (10-27 FG, 4 3PM), three rebounds, three assists, three steals
Stephen Curry - 38 points (12-23 FG, 7-14 3PT), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block
Anthony Davis - 41 points (17-34 FG), seven rebounds, four steals, two assists
De'Aaron Fox - 25 points (8-16 FG, 4-6 3PT), six assists, four rebounds, four steals, one block
Paul George - 31 points (8-10 FG, 5-6 3PT), four steals, three rebounds, three assists
Tobias Harris - 33 points (11-19 FG, 2-4 3PT), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal
LeBron James - 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-7 3PT), 12 assists, nine rebounds, one steal
Luke Kennard - 28 points (11-18 FG, 5-8 3PT), eight rebounds, three assists
Kyle Kuzma - 33 points (14-22 FG, 3 3PM), seven rebounds, one assist
Marcus Morris - 31 points (10-15 FG, 5-8 3PT), four rebounds, four assists
Karl-Anthony Towns - 31 points (11-15 FG), 11 rebounds, four assists, one block
Miles Turner - 26 points (11-16 FG, 2-3 3PT), 12 rebounds, five blocks, one assist, one steal
Ben Simmons doing his best Shaq impression.
.@BenSimmons25 taking it to 'em!- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 11, 2018
📱: #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/Z4v2oBnRSU
The rook sends Anthony Davis' shot away!
⏰LORD pic.twitter.com/06bpYufFzR- Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 11, 2018
Collin Sexton with the no-look feed to Tristan Thompson.
Young Bull's pulling out the behind-the-back dimes 👀#CavsBucks is just getting started on FSO & the FOX Sports app: https://t.co/LFkKcL4kzO#BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/TmooQlULGb- FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) December 11, 2018
"Nah," - Myles Turner to Bradley Beal, probably.
Bradley Beal attempted to challenge Myles Turner at the rim. He chose poorly. pic.twitter.com/vegvbM7k1l- Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 11, 2018
Tatum to the RACK!
Jayson Tatum with AUTHORITY 🔨 pic.twitter.com/TguA3kJ189- Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 11, 2018
Oh my... Zach LaVine!
😮@ZachLaVine is out there trying to break the rim 😤🔨@AngryBirds Eye View Cam: pic.twitter.com/NN42nYEUDe- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 11, 2018
Donovan Mitchell from way downtown!
Donovan Mitchell at the 1st Q buzzer... YES! 🚨🚨#TeamIsEverything 22#ThunderUp 30#NBA League Pass: https://t.co/L3VurkatG8 pic.twitter.com/I91cOOPqE5- NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2018
Luka to DJ in traffic.
🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/pcZdyHnYoF- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 11, 2018
JJJ getting the first bucket of the game in disrespectful fashion.
OH SO WE'RE STARTING LIKE THIS @jarenjacksonjr 🦄 pic.twitter.com/vqa88ywWsg- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 11, 2018
Rookie on rookie crime and a grammar lesson from the Suns Twitter account.
Reject:- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 11, 2018
[verb ri-jekt; noun ree-jekt]
verb (used with object)
1. to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.
Used in a sentence: Deandre rejected that ball HARD. pic.twitter.com/nIkOvJLL5S
If you blink once you might miss this entire De'Aaron Fox fast break dunk.
HIS. AIRNESS. pic.twitter.com/vjGGXNQOdk- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 11, 2018
Wiggy with the smooth euro-step over Kevin Durant
too smooth with it pic.twitter.com/EUuLm2ILu5- Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 11, 2018
LeBron doing LeBron things.
.@KingJames drops the hammer!!#LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & NBA TV) pic.twitter.com/Ev7trR9r4F- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 11, 2018
KAT with the slick feed.
KAT &- Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 11, 2018
THE HOMIE pic.twitter.com/O8vCqTR3o6
Derrick Jones Jr. racking up frequent-flyer miles.
Derrick Jones Jr. is always cleared for takeoff! 🛫#HEATCulture | #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/eUdEFd8F0R- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 11, 2018
Zo flushes home the oop!#LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & NBA TV) pic.twitter.com/rn1FLHH7PK- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 11, 2018
Can't keep up with #FatherPrime! pic.twitter.com/JFNhRM00l8- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 11, 2018
Wizards at Pacers | Pistons at 76ers | Pelicans at Celtics
Kings at Bulls | Cavaliers at Bucks | Jazz at Thunder
Magic at Mavericks | Grizzlies at Nuggets | Clippers at Suns
Timberwolves at Warriors | Heat at Lakers