5 Great Regular Season Games You May Not Remember

by NBA Draft Room contributor Dan Kaufman

For those of you who are jonesing for NBA basketball here's a quick review and highlights of 5 great NBA games that you might have missed from the past few seasons. Check out the highlights below!

1. Thunder at Nuggets, February 1st, 2018: A good, old-fashioned western conference shoot-out


The Nuggets and Thunder went back and forth in this absolute slug-fest from the 2017-18 season. Denver found themselves just outside the playoff picture as the 30-22 Thunder came into the Pepsi Center for this prime time match-up. Denver raced out to a big lead early, yet Russ and PG refused to go down quietly, as the duo blitzed Denver in the 2nd half and turned this game into a classic display of Western Conference offensive firepower. Paul George went for 43, Jamal Murray had 33, including one of the nastiest step-backs you’ll ever see, and the two playoff contenders traded buckets until the very end. This game has somehow gone largely unremembered in NBA circles, but it was all-time-great regular season action.

2. Kings at Warriors, February 21st, 2019: The upstart kings take the champs to the brink


While the Kings caught almost everyone off guard with last year’s breakout, they played like they belonged among the NBA’s elite every time they faced off against their mighty Nor-Cal neighbors, the Warriors. Rookie Marvin Bagley led the Kings in scoring with 28 off the bench, and Steph went for 36 on 10/16 from deep. Beyond anything else, this game showed why Sacramento falling just short of the 8th seed (and a 1st round match-up with the Warriors) was such a shame: of last year’s four contests between these squads, all of them were decided by five points or less.

3. Cavs at Celtics, February 11th, 2018: Cavs’ deadline additions take flight


The Cavs hit the ground running in this match-up with the Celtics after their bizarre flurry of moves at the 2018 trade deadline. Coinciding with Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement, the Cavs additions of Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood showed out, in what appeared to be a sign of new blood and a fortuitous future for LeBron and co. We all know how the story of LeBron and the young bucks ultimately concluded, yet for a fleeting moment one Sunday afternoon, it was a whole lot of fun.

4. Thunder at Sixers, January 19th, 2019: Peak Paul George behavior in Philly


These two playoff contenders went back and forth in this winter matinĂ©e last January. PG was at the peak of his MVP contender powers and went for 31, while Embiid lead the way for Philly 31 as well. This match-up largely serves as a time capsule for the brief half-season that was the Jimmy Butler alpha dog era for the Sixers. You won’t want to miss him and Paul George going at one another.

5. Mavs at Blazers, December 23rd, 2018: Luka magic on the West Coast


Luka was still getting his feet wet in the league at this point, but that did not stop him from amazing us on a seemingly nightly basis. On this night he put in 23, 11, and 6 in this overtime thriller, and Dame led the Blazers with a business-as-usual 33-point showing. His heroics in this one served as a notice for even casual fans of the game of just how much the young star was capable of.

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