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NBA scores, highlights: Jimmy Butler to return for Timberwolves; Celtics square off vs. red-hot Nuggets

Welcome back to another night of NBA action, and what a fantastic night it has the potential to be. There’s nine games on the docket, including a number of contests between top teams in each conference.

We got things started with a buzzer beater by Evan Fournier to get the Magic past the Cavs, while James Harden outdueled Victor Oladipo to help the Rockets get their third straight win. Up next, the Thunder and Pelicans will square off in a battle between two Western Conference squads trying to push their way into the top of the conference.

Later on, the Celtics will travel to Denver to take on the red-hot Nuggets, while the Raptors will be in Salt Lake City to visit the Jazz. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also see the much-improved Grizzlies take on the dominant Warriors.

Here’s everything you need to know about Monday night’s games.

NBA Scores for Monday, Nov. 5

All times Eastern

Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic over Cavs

Evan Fournier is the latest player to hit a game-winning shot this season. With just 1.8 seconds to play, and the game tied up at 100-100, Fournier took the inbounds pass, pump-faked and drilled the jumper to give the Magic the win. He went just 5-of-15 from the field in the game, but made the one that counted.

Harden outduels Oladipo

James Harden vs. Victor Oladipo is one of the best shooting guards matchups in the league, and their battle on Monday night didn’t disappoint. Harden went for 28 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Oladipo put up 28 points of his own, six rebounds and two assists. They also each hit some clutch shots down the stretch, as Harden and the Rockets held on for the win. 

Wade moves into 30th place all-time in scoring

Dwyane Wade is making his final season in the NBA count. The Heat guard moved into 30th place on the all-time scoring list against the Pistons. Out on the fastbreak, Wade evaded the defense and scooped home a nifty layup.

Hezonja shows off passing skills

Mario Hezonja isn’t really known for his passing ability, but he showed against the Bulls that he’s more than capable of throwing a nifty pass. Just check out this little spinning bounce pass through traffic.

Trier gets back for the big swat

Allonzo Trier is making a name for himself in his rookie season. This time, he got on the highlight reel with this spectacular block against Zach LaVine on the fastbreak. 

Johnson cashes out from deep at the buzzer

Tyler Johnson made sure the Miami Heat had the lead at the end of the first quarter against the Pistons, and he did so in style, launching a shot from just inside halfcourt that beat the buzzer.

Butler planning to play for Wolves vs. Clippers

After sitting out of the team’s blowout loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday night, Jimmy Butler plans to be back in the Timberwolves’ lineup for Monday night’s contest vs. the Clippers. Butler has sat out two of the team’s past three games for what he says is rest due to missing training camp and a various assortment of knocks, though it should also be seen as the latest attempt to force his way out of town. 

Leonard out for Raptors

Kawhi Leonard will be out once again. The Raptors forward is dealing with a sore ankle and foot, and is set to miss his second straight game when the Raptors meet the Jazz. 



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