Doncic hates the Lakers, Boston accentuates its dominance
Luka Doncic, still in the triple-double, took out the savior suit for Dallas, winner over LeBron James and the Lakers after double overtime, Thursday in the NBA where Boston, more than ever boss in the East, was imposed without terrified of his dolphin Brooklyn.
The match in Los Angeles was fierce between two teams, with a physical commitment worthy of the play-offs, a rather unlikely scenario that turned into a thriller. And in the end, the Mavs won (119-115).
Doncic, author of 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, was even more decisive when he made two baskets behind the arc to steal two “overtimes”, while the Lakers thought they had the win after the re- returning to the last quarter. to erase nineteen lengths behind.
“The meeting was very physical, we had to stay in the game, despite the drop in energy at the end”, comments the Slovenian prodigy, who is welcomed in passing the performance of Spencer Dinwiddie (17 pts) “which was decisive” , author with two spectacular dunks in overtime that shook the Californians.
And what about Christian Wood, effective in attack (24 pts) and impregnable in defense, with five successful counterattacks including two on Lebron James, but falling in the circle for the win?
– Lillard is pointless –
“LBJ” could not win LA but he was not unworthy (24 pts, 16 rebounds, 9 assists), except for the long distance with seven failures in as many attempts. Russell Westbrook (28 pts) was also in the game, still generous with the effort.
Against that, the Lakers slipped to 13th place in the West, which was doubled by Oklahoma City. The Thunder counted on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, excellent, author of 37 points (on 10/16, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) to surprise Philadelphia (133-114).
The 24-year-old fullback, who is making big strides this season (4th leading scorer in the league), was able to hold off Philly’s comeback attempt almost single-handedly in the fourth quarter, after a late wake-up call from Joel . Embiid (30 points, 10 rebounds).
In 11th place, Portland is also stalling, losing (119-113) for the fifth time in a row, by Cleveland, despite 50 points from Damian Lillard.
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 made the difference defensively in the final quarter, to win (109-98).
– Milwaukee lost –
The finalist of the last championship was deprived of Jaylen Brown, hit in an adductor. And without his attacking partner, Jayson Tatum was not at his usual standard (20 pts on 7/22, 11 rebounds), although he finished as the leading scorer of his team.
It is together that the C’s are stronger, with five other players of at least 11 points, including the important Malcolm Brogdon (16 pts). They especially know how to step up their game at the end, guided by field expert Marcus Smart (16 pts, 10 assists).
On the contrary, Kyrie Irving (24 pts), well supported by TJ Warren (20 pts) and Joe Harris (18 pts), Ben Simmons making himself useful (13 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 interceptions) without any points (0/3).
With this fifth consecutive victory, Boston increased its lead at the top of the standings ahead of Brooklyn, as Milwaukee (3rd), deprived of Giannis Antetokounmpo, suffering from a left knee, also lost, in Miami ( 108-102) where Jimmy Butler (17 pts, 11 rebounds) left the spotlight to Gabe Vincent (28 pts, new personal best).
Bam Adebayo (24 pts, 12 rebounds) also contributed a lot to the victory of the Floridians (8th), against the Bucks where only Jrue Holiday (24 pts, 11 assists) survived.