LeBron James loses shoe in final moments against Hornets; Luka Doncic drops 50 points against Rockets, and more

The NBA had almost a full game two days before Christmas. There were 14 games on Friday night, with the LA Lakers taking on the Charlotte Hornets.

LeBron James lost a shoe in the closing moments of the game as the Lakers trailed by two points. Meanwhile, Luka Doncic dropped 50 points against the hapless Houston Rockets.

It was an exciting day in the NBA, two games won, two teams extending their winning streak, and so on. On that note, here is Sportskeedak’s latest NBA news for today.

LeBron James loses his shoes in the final moments against the Hornets

LeBron James of the LA Lakers against the Charlotte Hornets
LeBron James of the LA Lakers against the Charlotte Hornets

The LA Lakers were down 16 points at one point against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. However, LeBron James led a furious comeback and tied the game with 42 seconds left. Patrick Beverley stole the ball from LaMelo Ball on the next possession, but the miscommunication led to a fumble.

Terry Rozier missed a potential game-winner with eight seconds left, but Gordon Hayward grabbed the offensive rebound. James blocked Hayward’s shot, but the goalie decided to give the Hornets a two-point lead.

With five seconds left, he drove James to the basket and lost his shoe in the process. He was able to pass to Dennis Schroder, who missed a wide 3-point shot. The Hornets iced the game with free throws for a 134-130 victory.

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Luka Doncic drops 50 points against the Houston Rockets

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic did it all for the Dallas Mavericks in a 112-106 win over the Houston Rockets. Doncic scored 50 points, one point shy of his career high. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Spencer Dinwiddie had 11 points, while Davis Bertans added 11 points off the bench.

On the other hand, Jabari Smith Jr. had the best game of his young NBA career with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Jalen Green had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Alperen Sengun had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Mavericks have now won two straight, improving to 17-16. The Rockets, on the other hand, are on a five game losing streak. They have the second worst record in the NBA at 9-23.

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DeMar DeRozan and Tyrese Haliburton hit game-winners

DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls

They won two games in the NBA on Friday. DeMar DeRozan broke New York Knicks hearts with his patented mid-range jersey. Meanwhile, Tyrese Haliburton went crazy against the Miami Heat and hit the game-winning 3-pointer.

Two days after missing the game-winner against the Atlanta Hawks, DeRozan bounced back against the Knicks. The five-time NBA All-Star hit a well-contested jump shot to give the Bulls the lead with 0.4 seconds left.

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Meanwhile, in South Beach, Haliburton hit 10 shots from beyond the arc.

He finished the game with 43 points, two rebounds and seven assists. He also hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left. Tyler Herro missed a Hare Maria shot from half court that would have sent the contest to overtime.

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Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers stretch their winning streak

Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are two of the hottest teams in the NBA heading into Christmas. The Nets are now on an eight-game winning streak after making quick work of the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Sixers have won seven games in a row after beating the LA Clippers.

Kevin Durant had 24 points, five rebounds and six assists to lead the Nets, while Nic Claxton had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks.

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The Sixers, on the other hand, had to face the Clippers. Joel Embiid ignited the third quarter and finished with 44 points and seven rebounds. James Harden had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 21 assists. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 50 points, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Sixers.

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Complete NBA scores for December 23rd

Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns
Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns

The NBA had 14 games on Friday, with only the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz not playing. The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics earned victories over the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively.

The Atlanta Hawks handed the Detroit Pistons their fifth straight loss, while the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. The New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the OKC Thunder in overtime, while the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards earned easy victories.

Here are the full NBA scores for December 23rd:

  • The Orlando Magic won. San Antonio Spurs 133-113
  • He defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. LA Clippers 119-114
  • The Brooklyn Nets won. Milwaukee Bucks 118-100
  • The Chicago Bulls won. New York Knicks 118-117
  • He beat the Boston Celtics. Minnesota Timberwolves 121-109
  • He beat the Atlanta Hawks. Detroit Pistons 130-105
  • He defeated the Toronto Raptors. Cleveland Cavaliers 118-107
  • The Dallas Mavericks won. Houston Rockets 112-106
  • The New Orleans Pelicans won. OKC Thunder 128-125 OT
  • The Indiana Pacers won. Miami Heat 111-108
  • The Denver Nuggets won. Portland Trail Blazers 120-107
  • He defeated the Washington Wizards. Sacramento Kings 125-111
  • Defeated the Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns 125-100
  • The Charlotte Hornets won. LA Lakers 134-130

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