The game wasn't without drama, however, as James saw injury late in the fourth quarter. With 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, James was hit in the face by Serge Ibaka as he went up for a dunk. The Heat forward finished the play but went down to the floor with blood streaming out his nose. He did not return.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was more inefficient than we've been used to seeing him, posting 28 points on 22 shots. In his return to the floor for the Thunder, Russell Westbrook logged just two assists compared to four turnovers.
Golden State Warriors 102, Houston Rockets 99
The Warriors rallied late to beat the Rockets in overtime, snapping Houston's eight-game winning streak. Golden State looked sluggish to start Thursday night's game as big man Andrew Bogut sat out with a left shoulder injury. The Rockets would eventually start to lose their grasp and found themselves battling for the lead in the final minutes despite an impressive offensive performance from James Harden.
The game was pushed to overtime as Steph Curry hit a running layup late and Harden failed to hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. The Warriors sealed a win in OT on free throws after a huge block by Jermaine O'Neal in the final minute put Golden State's lead out of reach.
Harden finished with 39 points, five assists and four rebounds. David Lee led the Warriors with 28 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block.
Denver Nuggets 101, Milwaukee Bucks 90
The Denver Nuggets had the help of Kenneth Faried's hot streak to carry them over the Bucks on Thursday night. The young forward logged 26 points, six rebounds and two assists as the Nuggets took care of business in Milwaukee.
For the Bucks, a balanced scoring effort off the bench wasn't enough to cure their ailes on defense, where they allowed the Nuggets to shot 51.3 percent for the game including 44.4 percent on eight made three-pointers. Nate Wolters continued to impress with 12 points and five assists but shot just 6-of-14 from the field.