Nikola Jokic’s 26 points helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 in the NBA.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 27, 2021
For the visitors, Will Barton, Davon Reed, Austin Rivers, and Monte Morris all scored in double digits.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated a weak Toronto Raptors 144-99 as injuries and COVID-19 regulations continued to plague clubs throughout the NBA.
Win #20. #LetEmKnow
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 27, 2021
Kevin Love of the Cavaliers scored 22 points in his first start of the season.
Cleveland has now won seven of its last eight games, while the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings, matching their greatest margin of loss at home this season.
The Detroit Pistons defeated the San Antonio Spurs 144-109 despite having just nine players on the court, 11 of whom were injured, as well as coach Dwane Casey, due to injury and COVID-19 protocols.
Keldon Johnson (27 PTS, 5 REB, 4 3PM) leads the way as the @spurs cruise to the home victory!
Jock Landale: 18 PTS, 5 REB
Jakob Poeltl: 14 PTS, 4 REB
Hamidou Diallo: 28 PTS, 3 STL
Luka Garza: 20 PTS, 6 REB pic.twitter.com/FTOn21YUkM
— NBA (@NBA) December 27, 2021
In Chicago, Zach LaVine scored 32 points in the Bulls’ 113-105 win against the Indiana Pacers after returning from a two-game absence due to health and safety rules.
Tyler: 4p/5r/1b pic.twitter.com/eCfmW5JKdj
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 27, 2021
The Philadelphia 76ers won 117-96 on the road against the Washington Wizards thanks to Joel Embiid’s 36 points, while the Oklahoma City Thunder won 117-112 against the New Orleans Pelicans thanks to Shai Gilgeous-31 Alexander’s points.
SIXERS WIN! 😄
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 27, 2021
Jimmy Butler recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Miami Heat’s 93-83 win over the Orlando Magic after returning from an eight-game injury absence.