When LeBron James (24 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists) and Luka Doncic (35 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) is competing in a clash of generations, definitely worth watching. Even when it takes double overtime (!) to find the winner of this duel.
On arrival, finally Mavericks who, at the end of tension and fatigue, managed to bend Lakers belligerent at key points, but very fair and undisciplined (119-115). Obviously, the victory was credited to Luka Doncic, the author of a new triple-double and, above all, two decisive shots with 3 points.
Although very good Russell Westbrook (28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists), Los Angeles so he bows for the second time in a row dallas advancing after two consecutive defeats.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Los Angeles believed it, but Dallas had the final say. Globally undisciplined, like this miserable first quarter (22-36) that forced them to chase the score almost the entire match, the Lakers finally laid down their guns in overtime, against the attack of Spencer Dinwiddie and Christian Wood. and of course Luka Doncic’s. A success that didn’t stop the Texans from boosting their confidence and unity, but was overused by their coach, and the Californians will be able to rue the missed opportunities. money timebecause victory was near.
— Luka Doncic dominates LeBron James. Not necessarily the prettiest duel between the King and Luka Magic, as the former was one point below the latter, but it was certainly their tightest. In the finish, Doncic thus again leaves with a victory over his model, playing bosses throughout the evening, especially in hot moments like these two “step-3s”, allowing Dallas to hang two. extensions. In contrast, James suffered from the comparison, watering down shots (9/28 on 9-of-28 shooting and 0/7 on 3-pointers) without being decisive in the end, despite a decent stat sheet.
✅ Russell Westbrook. Definitely one of Brodie’s best matches this season. Exemplary from start to finish (and on both ends of the floor) against Luka Doncic, effective in every outing and also playing a decisive role in the fourth quarter or overtime, the Lakers guard confirmed that he is currently practicing his best basketball. season (averaging nearly 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals in five games). Unfortunately, a big performance came in a loss, but Westbrook has nothing to be ashamed of.
✅ Dinwiddie-Wood-Hardaway Jr. Trio. Despite an ineffective bench (see below), the Mavericks have at least Spencer Dinwiddie (17 points), Christian Wood (24 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (22 points, 8) to adequately support Luka Doncic. rebound) all answer next to him. Mission accomplished, as Slovenia’s three lieutenants were overshadowed. We especially note the great expansion of Dinwiddie on offense and Wood on defense to allow Dallas to stop and make a difference when Doncic is a little more composed.
⛔ ✅ LeBron James. As mentioned above, despite the complete statistical report, the “king” lost the match with Luka Doncic and, above all, with his clumsiness and decision-making in the main moments, made the Lakers a little heavier. If Dennis Schröder also fell apart offensively (3/13 on shots, including 0/6 on 3), the German at least deserved to fight like hell for the Luka Magic on defense. On the other hand, we could have expected more from James after his absence game and definitely his presence at the plate in addition to physically charging the batter in minutes.
⛔ Dallas bench. Matches follow each other and are similar second unit Mavericks. As was the case against the Clippers on Tuesday night, the Texans’ replacements actually offered insufficient and tasteless content when their coach called on them (a total of just 14 points). Plus, on the opposite side, Russell Westbrooks, Wenyen Gabriel and the other Kendrick Nunns brought good minutes and sometimes played with the X factor. So it’s no surprise to see Jason Kidd overshooting his organization. owners (minimum 47 minutes each…).
Los Angeles (19-23) : Philadelphia reception, Sunday through Monday night (03:30).
Dallas (24-19) : Travel to Portland, Saturday night (04:00).