NBA games Thursday, scores, highlights, updates: Butler lifts Wolves over Lakers

There were two games on tap this NBA Thursday and that’s it for the first “half” of the season. The All-Star break begins Friday and then action resumes next week.

NBA games for Thursday, Feb. 15

All times Eastern

  • Denver Nuggets 134, Milwaukee Bucks 123 (Box score)
  •  Minnesota Timberwolves 119,  Los Angeles Lakers 111 (Box score)

Butler swats the Lakers out of the game

Jimmy Butler came up huge for the Wolves with two blocks on the Lakers in the final minutes. Butler was everywhere Thursday, making every clutch play and doing what was necessary to lead Minnesota to a win. He finished with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/964352831422517250

Jokic pours it on

Nikola Jokic had a huge performance for the Nuggets. His triple-double — 30 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds — has only been done twice before.

Timberwolves honor Flip Saunders

The Wolves honored former coach and executive Flip Saunders. He died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.

Crawford finds Butler on the lob

Jamal Crawford found a cutting Jimmy Butler baseline. It resulted in an incredible alley-oop dunk.

https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/964348758602407937

Giannis hammers it home

Giannis Antetokounmpo had one of those dunks that looks better on replay than it did live, because he makes it look so easy.

https://twitter.com/NBATV/status/964324687995113473

Jokic only needs a half

Nikola Jokic only needed the first half to rack up a triple-double against the Bucks.

Caldwell-Pope slams it home

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a huge dunk on this alley-oop slam.

https://twitter.com/NBA/status/964329692617740288

Thomas finds Zubac

Isaiah Thomas is having a decent start with the Lakers. He found Ivica Zubac with the sweet dish.

And-Ones

  • Lonzo Ball won’t play Thursday, or in the Rising Stars game, due to a knee injury. He’s aiming to return next Friday against the Mavericks.
  • Chris Bosh says he’s eyeing an NBA comeback
  • New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta predicts his $2.2 billion franchise could soon be worth $3.3 billion
  • Justin Bieber and Quavo will play in the All-Star celebrity game Friday.
  • The Rising Stars Challenge will be Friday. Here’s how you can watch.