Luka Doncic, still on a triple-double, pulled off his savior suit for Dallas, which beat LeBron James and the Lakers in double overtime on Thursday in the NBA, where Boston, who is more boss than ever in the East, applied without trembling. dolphin brooklyn.
The battle was fierce between the two teams in Los Angeles, a physical commitment worthy of the playoffs, with an extremely difficult scenario that ended in a thriller. And in the end it was the Mavs who won (119-115).
Doncic, who had 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, was more decisive, as he made two baskets from behind the arc to set up two overtimes while the Lakers seemed to have won after coming back in the final quarter. to sweep nineteen lengths behind.
“The match was very physical, in the end we had to stay in the game even though we lost energy,” said Slovenian prodigy Spencer Dinwiddie (17 points), applauding the pass, “it was decisive.” Two great dunks in overtime that rocked the Californians.
But what about Christian Wood, impressive offensively (24 points) and impenetrable defensively, with five successful rebounds, including two on LeBron James, but attacking the circle for the win?
– Lillard scored a point blank –
“LBJ” didn’t win LA, but he didn’t deserve it (24 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists), except from long range with seven misses in as many attempts. Russell Westbrook was also in the game (28 points), still generous in effort.
The struggling Lakers, however, fell to 13th in the West, tied with Oklahoma City. Thunder was able to rely on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the author of an excellent 37 points (10/16, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) to surprise Philadelphia (133-114).
The 24-year-old defenseman (4th leading scorer in the league), who has made a big splash this season, almost single-handedly held off Philly’s fourth-quarter comeback attempt after Joel’s late wake-up call. Embiid (30 points, 10 rebounds).
In 11th place, Portland also stands, despite 50 points from Damian Lillard, lost to Cleveland for the fifth time in a row (119-113).
In the East, without Kevin Durant, who will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right knee, the Nets did more than hold their own against the Celtics, but the latter were able to make the difference defensively in the final quarter. victory (109-98).
– Milwaukee lost –
The finalist of the last championship was deprived of Jaylen Brown, who was shot with determination. Without an offensive partner, Jayson Tatum was not at his usual standards (20 points, 11 rebounds on 7/22), although he was the team’s leading scorer.
Collectively, the C’s were stronger, with five other players scoring at least 11 points, including valuable Malcolm Brogdon (16 points). They knew how to step up their game, especially under the leadership of point guard Marcus Smart (16 points, 10 assists).
On the contrary, Kyrie Irving copied correctly (24 points), TJ Warren (20 points) and Joe Harris (18 points), Ben Simmons made himself useful without scoring any points (13 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals). 0/3).
With its fifth straight win, Boston extended its lead over Brooklyn as Milwaukee (3rd), without Giannis Antetokounmpo out with a left knee injury, lost at Miami (108-102). Jimmy Butler (17 points, 11 rebounds) has Gabe Vincent (28 points, a new personal best) in the spotlight.
Bam Adebayo (24 points, 12 rebounds) contributed greatly to the victory of the Floridians (8) against the Bucks, in which only Jrue Holiday (24 points, 11 assists) survived.