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NBA scores, highlights: Timberwolves crush LeBron James-less Lakers, Pacers travel to Toronto

The NFL playoffs are in full swing, but that doesn’t mean that basketball has to take a backseat. 

To start the day, the Timberwolves jumped out to a huge lead early on the Lakers, and never let up, cruising to an easy win. Then, they fired Tom Thibodeau. Meanwhile, the Nets kept up their strong play, winning their third game in a row by crushing the Bulls. Out West, the Clippers came back from a 15-point deficit to beat the Magic

Later on, the Hawks earned an easy win over the poor-shooting Heat, and the Wizards took down the Thunder for their first win ever in OKC. Still to come, the Suns host the Hornets. Also, the Pacers will travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors in a battle of the second and third seeds (currently) in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. 

NBA schedule for Sunday, Jan. 6

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Towns goes off again as Wolves crush Lakers

The Lakers never had a chance against the Timberwolves on Sunday, and a large part of that was due to the play of Karl-Anthony Towns. The big man has been playing some excellent basketball lately, and he kept it up with a 28-point, 18-rebound outing in this win. Towns has now had at least 28 points and 12 rebounds in six straight games. 

Wade and Jones Jr. connect on incredible alley-oop

The day of dunks continued in Atlanta on Sunday, when Dwyane Wade and Derrick Jones Jr. connected on an incredible alley-oop on the fastbreak. 

Russell’s strong night leads Nets to another win

Don’t look now, but the Nets are one of the hottest teams in the league. They’ve won three in a row, and 12 of their last 15 games after dispatching the Bulls on Sunday, and are now up to seventh place in the East. D’Angelo Russell led them to victory in this one, going for 28 points, four rebounds and five assists. 

Crawford shows off his dribbling skills

Jamal Crawford still has some of the best handles in the entire league, and he put them on display against the Hornets. Check out this fancy move. 

Towns puts McGee on a poster

The trend of big dunks on Sunday continued in the second half of Timberwolves vs. Lakers when Karl-Anthony Towns powered right through JaVale McGee for a nasty poster. 

Wizards win first game ever in OKC

The Wizards only head to Oklahoma City once a season, but it’s still a bit surprising that this is the first time they’ve ever won there. It snaps a 10-game losing streak in the city. Bradley Beal led the way, finishing with 25 points, five rebounds and six assists. 

Young connects from way downtown, trades jerseys with Wade

The matchup between the Hawks and the Heat did not produce much offense but Trae Young did his best to change that. Then, after the win he got to trade jerseys with Dwyane Wade. 

Wiggins climbs the ladder for the oop

Few players can get up like Andrew Wiggins, and he proved that once again against the Lakers. Using a nice back-door cut, he shook the defense and climbed the ladder for an awesome alley-oop.

Gordon soars for the alley-oop

Aaron Gordon throws down a highlight reel dunk seemingly every game, and he’s already got one against the Clippers. Out on the fastbreak, he soared for a nice alley-oop. 

Allen rocks the rim, then rises for the rejection

Jarrett Allen has been making waves with his rim protection this season, but he can rock the rim as well. He proved that early against the Bulls with a big slam. Later on though, he reminded everyone why he’s such a strong rim protector. 

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