NBA scores, highlights, updates: Kawhi Leonard, Raptors top LeBron James, Lakers; Pacers get big win over Thunder

A six-game slate makes up the NBA schedule for Thursday night.

To start things off, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked like a juggernaut in the opening half, but the Indiana Pacers ended up outscoring the Thunder, 58-43, in the second half to come away with a huge victory. The Pacers now hold a half-game lead for the third seed over the Philadelphia 76ers in a tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Boston Celtics also came away with a hard-fought win over the Sacramento Kings, despite trailing by double-digits in the first half. 

Later, the Los Angels Lakers continued to struggle as they fell to the Toronto Raptors north of the border. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 25 points and knocked down five 3-pointers in a Toronto victory.

The night ends with a bang as the Denver Nuggets continue to chase the Golden State Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They’ll host the Dallas Mavericks, who might be operating without Luka Doncic, who is struggling with a knee injury.

Here is everything you need to know about Thursday’s action.

NBA schedule for Thursday, March 14

*All times Eastern  

Leonard leads the way in win over Lakers

Kawhi Leonard may not have had the most efficient night, but he poured in 25 points and hit five 3s against the Lakers. Leonard was one of four Toronto players to finish in double-figures.

Matthews wins it for Pacers

The Thunder controlled the play in the opening half against the Pacers, but Indiana pulled out a stellar comeback victory. With just 1.8 seconds remaining, Wesley Matthews was able to rebound and deposit home a Bojan Bogdanovic miss for the game-winning basket.

LeBron soars for slam against Raptors

LeBron James may not be bound for the postseason, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing at the highest level. In the second quarter against the Raptors, James attacked the rim and threw down a huge two-handed slam in transition.

Isaac rocks the rim with monster throwdown

The Magic are still fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Forward Jonathan Isaac absolutely attacked the paint and threw down this huge slam dunk with authority early in the third quarter against the Cavaliers.

George carves up his former team

Paul George received a mixture of cheers and boos prior to Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. On this play, George exploded in the lane and threw down a monster one-handed slam dunk.

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