NBA Thursday, scores, highlights, updates: James Harden duels with LeBron James

The Rockets' star went for a triple-double in win over Cavs

This NBA on Thursday featured a handful of games to make up for last week's light slate. The big games were LeBron James and the Cavaliers taking on James Harden and the Houston Rockets along with the struggling Thunder in Denver for the late game.

There were a handful of decent League Pass options as well. It was a fantastic night of NBA action that any NBA fan could have enjoyed. 

NBA scores for Thursday, Nov. 9

Wizards 111, Lakers  95 (box score
Raptors 122,  Pelicans 118,  (box score)
Rockets 117, Cavaliers 113 (box score)
Kings 109, 76ers 108  (box score)
Nuggets 102, Thunder 94 (box score)

Harden puts up triple-double

It's not often that two stars go right at each other on national TV and each put on a show. That's what James Harden did Thursday night with a battle for the ages. Harden and LeBron James each put up 30-plus points and Harden finished with a triple-double.  It was one of those performances where basketball fans could just sit back and enjoy the show.

Thunder lose fourth in a row

The Thunder have now lost four in a row and the concerns are mounting. They came into the season with high expectations as a superstar trio, and it seemed like Russell Westbrook bought in when he signed his contract extension. Now they're 4-7 with a lot more questions than answers. On the plus side for them it's still early and the defense has been great.

John Wall dunks on Brook Lopez

John Wall didn't have a particuarly great game against the Lakers last time they met up. He set the mood early this time with a dunk on Brook Lopez

John Wall blocks another

John wall called himself the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history. He might have a case.

LeBron throws one down

LeBron James has done whatever he can to keep the Cavaliers afloat so far in the early season. Sometimes that includes dunks.

Jeff Green goes nuts in the second

Houston's Jeff Green always has that one game where he looks like he can do anything. He scored 20 in the second quarter against the Cavs.

Clint Capela seals the win

Houston was up late and LeBron James had the ball. This was a situation where James can use his brute strength to get Cleveland a much needed bucket. Clint Capela wasn't having it. 

Joel Embiid gets rejected in the clutch

Joel Embiid, usually a consistent bucket when he gets near the rim, came up short when Willie Cauley-Stein rejected him at the rim in the closing moments. This set up a De'Aaron Fox game-winner the next possession.

De'Aaron Fox hits game-winner

De'Aaron Fox came up huge with his first career game-winner. This guy's got some onions.

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