The Dallas Mavericks blew a 19-point lead against the Los Angeles Lakers and still won in the end. After two more hours, the guests were left with a hard-earned 119:115.
Los Angeles Lakers (19-23) – Dallas Mavericks (24-19) 115:119 OT (BOXSCORE)
Luka Doncic shone again with a triple-double (35 points, 14/28 FG, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) and hit two saving threes in the final phase. The Lakers missed the foul at +3, especially late in regulation. “It surprised me a bit,” said Doncic. “I don’t know why they didn’t. I thought they were foul so I tried to get my shot out in time.”
Nevertheless, the Slovenian had a difficult time in the second half, he received support from Christian Wood (24 years old, 10/17, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (22 years old) , in both cases Spencer Dinwiddie was also available for expansions (17).
The Lakers had the will, but not the chances. The same goes for LeBron James, who had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists but barely hit (9/28 FG, 0/7 3FG). The Laker with the best points was Russell Westbrook (28, 10/23 FG), Dennis Schröder had a big shot in critical time, but otherwise struggled with his throw (7 points, 3/13, 6 assists ).
The Mavericks again had a very offensive starting five (Doncic, Dinwiddie, Hardaway, Bullock, Wood) and started offensively like the firefighters. Doncic in particular was able to change and manage and always found the right response against many Lakers blitzes so Dallas took a lead up to 19 points in the first quarter.
However, the Lakers, where rookie Max Christie was allowed to start against Denver (alongside James, Schröder, Toscano-Anderson and Bryant), woke up, which they owe in particular to their bench around the fort Westbrook. Russ set the tone with his energy and scored 15 points at the break. Schröder temporarily cut the lead to 4, but the Mavs were back on the trigger as Doncic turned up the heat again just before the break. He entered the locker room with 59:48 Mavs.
After halftime tea, the Mavs couldn’t pull away like they did in the starting quarter. Due to a stronger LeBron and a few more offensive issues for the Mavs, the Lakers managed to close the gap in the third quarter before they even took the lead in the final quarter. Westbrook tied the game with a jumper over Frank Ntilikina (including “rock the baby”), then Nunn hit a free throw to make it 87-86 with eight minutes left — it was a 24-9 run by the Lakers at that point.
Mavericks choke to win in double overtime
At the Mavs, Wood in particular fought back. Doncic struggled as the Lakers continued to push the ball away from him. Midway through the third quarter, Doncic scored the last on the field, so others had to take over – and the Mavs suffered uncharacteristic ball losses, numbering 19. With 1:31 to go it is Schröder who returns the drive to +2 for the Lakers.
Wood got just one free throw at the other end and then both teams missed several chances. With 11.8 seconds left, Westbrook was fouled and hit both free throws. Interestingly, Doncic was not doubled this time, was quick to ask, went into a one-on-one against Schröder and pocketed a stepback three to tie. With 6 seconds remaining, James looked for Brown Jr., whose pitch was blocked by Hardaway (likely with contact). It went into overtime.
It was an up and down here. Westbrook conceded a flagrant foul after a push against Doncic but missed both free throws. Dinwiddie stuffed spectacularly, but Wenyen Gabriel put the Lakers ahead with an And-1. James made +3, then it was again Doncic who equalized with a drop of three. The Lakers had the last possession – but James was shut out by Wood on the way. Double OT!
Dallas has taken over here. Dinwiddie singlehandedly scored 6 points in the second overtime, Wood fought hard and recorded 2 blocks and a tip-in, among other things. With 11.7 seconds left, Hardaway had at least one free throw for the +4. LeBron missed one more chance and then the match was finally decided.
NBA: stat leaders in the Lakers vs. the Mavs
|Points||Russell Westbrook (28)||Luka Doncic (35 years old)|
|bounces||LeBron James (16)||Doncic, Wood (14 each)|
|assists||LeBron James (9)||Luka Doncic (13)|
|stolen||James, Westbrook, Gabriel (2 each)||Reggie Bullock (2)|
|block||Jenny Gabriel (2)||Chris Wood (5)|
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