Just two games on the NBA slate today, but there was no shortage of action, with both games going right down to the wire.
Here's your one-stop-shop for daily box scores, highlights and top storylines from each game.
Los Angeles Clippers 125 Dallas Mavericks 121
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The Los Angeles Clippers snapped their four-game losing streak, with a tight 125-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks at STAPLES Center.
Danilo Gallinari scored led the way with 32 points on a sizzling 11-of-16 shooting, while Lou Williams added 26 points and eight assists off the bench. Montrezl Harrell put in another high-energy performance, punishing the Mavs inside with his physicality, finishing with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting on the night.
Hear from Danilo Gallinari after his 32-pt performance and @LAClippers win!- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 21, 2018
🎙: @ROSGO21#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/LjkpgksIEx
Trailing by seven points heading into the fourth quarter, Dallas opened the period on an 8-0 run to take the lead, thanks to some big buckets from Devin Harris. Both teams traded the lead in the fourth, but the Clippers took control on a 15-2 run, with Gallinari, Harrell and Williams turning it on late.
Tobias Harris knocked dwon a pair of free throws to put LA up five with 9.9 seconds remaining, but Mavs rookie Luka Doncic had other ideas, draining a huge step back three to cut it to 123-121 with 3.8 seconds left.
Another Doncic step-back. Yeeeesh 😤 pic.twitter.com/emHzf7qetL- Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 21, 2018
Harris buried two more from the line to seal the win and move the Clippers to 18-13 on the season.
Doncic finished with a career-high 32 points, while JJ Barea added 19. In his first game back at STAPLES Center against his old team, DeAndre Jordan tallied 11 points and 22 rebounds.
Luka Doncic put on a show in LA, scoring a career-high 3️⃣2️⃣ points against the #Clippers #MFFL pic.twitter.com/jaSY7oCbB2- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 21, 2018
Doncic had the step back going early
Step-backs by Luka! #NBARooks 😳#MFFL 15#ClipperNation 11- NBA (@NBA) December 21, 2018
WATCH on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/ZUbaPuwNr0
Gallo getting fancy with the dime
👀 Gallinari with the slick no-look dime for Harrell #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/9aVHrzxY0p- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 21, 2018
Miami Heat 101 Houston Rockets 99
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The Miami Heat snap the Rockets' five-game win streak, hanging on to win 101-99.
Houston held a 16-point advantage early, before a monster third-quarter run brought the Heat right back into the game.
Houston fought back in the fourth quarter, giving them an opportunity to win it late, with Eric Gordon's three-point attempt bouncing out, giving the Heat their third win in a row.
Here's how Rockets/Heat ended. Eric Gordon had a good look. pic.twitter.com/YG8wGs8QPB- 𝑹𝒆𝒚-𝑹𝒆𝒚 🤞🏾✌🏾 (@TheNoLookPass) December 21, 2018
Chris Paul left today's game after suffering a hamstring injury. The injury occurred in the second quarter as Paul had the ball stolen at mid-court by Miami's Derrick Jones Jr., immediately pulling up, grabbing his left hamstring.
.@KristenLedlow gives an update on Chris Paul, who suffered a strained left hamstring and will not return to tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/OLTHVEIymG- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 21, 2018
D-Wade throws it down
Dwyane Wade goes baseline and throws it DOWN 💥 #HEATCulture pic.twitter.com/EXpcw8w1jA- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 21, 2018
Wade got all the moves
#3 making it look easy! #L3GEND pic.twitter.com/5MPpzZ90px- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 21, 2018