On Saturday, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets won their 11th straight game, while the Dallas Mavericks won their sixth in a row behind 51 points from Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks beat the Spurs 126-125 thanks in large part to Doncic’s masterful performance, which also included nine assists, six rebounds, four steals, and a blocked shot.
I can’t even, ” “A statement made by Doncic. “We didn’t have a very good defense. There were a few breaks at the very end. We end up victorious in the end, and that’s that.”
The Mavericks’ victory was sealed when the 23-year-old Slovenian guard made both of his free throw attempts in the final 4.1 seconds and then corralled the rebound after the Spurs’ Tre Jones missed a potential game-tying free throw with 2.1 seconds to play.
It was Doncic’s third 50-point performance in five games, and he still didn’t know what was up with him.
To which she replied, “I dunno “Says Doncic. “In some games, they’ll be doubling me, and in others, they’ll let me run the pick and roll. I have come to accept the coverage provided and go on.”
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich joked after Doncic scored 60 points and recorded a triple-double on Tuesday in Dallas’ victory that San Antonio’s goal had been to keep Doncic to 50 points.
For Dallas, Christian Wood chipped in 25 points and seven rebounds, and he praised Dirk Nowitzki for what he called a “Most Valuable Player” performance.
“That’s unbelievable,” “A statement made by Wood. I’ve been in the league for seven years, and nobody else can do what he can.
His recent success has been phenomenal. He’s putting up MVP-caliber numbers, establishing himself as a top-tier performer.”
Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn scored 28 points, and Kevin Durant added 23 as the Nets beat the Hornets 123-106 in Charlotte to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
The win pushed the Nets’ record to 24-12 and into second place in the Eastern Conference. They are the second team in the league to reach that milestone this year.
The Hornets (10-27) were led by LaMelo Ball’s 23 points and 11 assists, while Mason Plumlee’s 22 points and 10 boards didn’t help.
Conversely, the weakest team in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons, humiliated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-104 in a home loss, the sixth straight loss for Minnesota (10-29).
The Pistons were led in scoring by Bojan Bogdanovic’s 28 points, but they ultimately fell short against Anthony Edwards’ 30-point effort.
For the fifth time in his career, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers scored in double figures (16 points), grabbed double-digit rebounds (13), and dished out double-digit assists (10).
For the Sixers, Tobias Harris scored 23, Shake Milton added 18, and De’Anthony Melton scored 17 points.
The host Memphis Grizzlies defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 116-101 behind 32 points from Ja Morant. Memphis (22-13) is now only one game behind Western Conference-leading Denver thanks to 21 points scored by New Zealander Steven Adams.
The Pelicans (23-13) are now a full game behind the Denver Nuggets (24-11), thanks to Zion Williamson’s 20 points.
Miami beat Utah 126-123 thanks to a 3-pointer by Tyler Herro in the final seconds of regulation. Miami’s Bam Adebayo scored 32 points, and Miami’s Herro scored 29.
New York ended a five-game losing streak with a 108-88 rout at Houston, led by Julius Randle’s 35 points and 12 rebounds.
With 23 points from Caris LeVert, Cleveland beat Chicago 103-102 to end a three-game skid, and DeMar DeRozan’s missed three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Cavaliers the win.
Indiana won a close game against the Los Angeles Clippers, 131-130, with 34 points from Myles Turner and 24 from Tyrese Haliburton. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 45 points.