The Dallas Mavericks lost an early 19-point lead with the Los Angeles Lakers and eventually won. After two more hours, the guests finished with 119:115.
Los Angeles Lakers (19-23) – Dallas Mavericks (24-19) 115: 119 overtime (square score)
Luka Doncic shone again with a triple-double (35 points, 14/28 FG, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) and two hits in the final stretch. The Lakers missed a +3 error, especially at the end of regulation time. “It surprised me a bit,” said Doncic. “I don’t know why they didn’t. I thought they were sloppy, so I tried to get rid of my throw in time.”
However, the Slovenian had a hard time in the second half. He was supported by Christian Wood (24, 10/17, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (22), in both of which Spencer Dinwiddie was also on hand for extensions (17).
The Lakers had the will, but not the odds. So was LeBron James, who had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists but shot little (9/28 FG, 0/7 3FG). Laker with the best points was Russell Westbrook (28, 10/23 FG), and Dennis Schroeder hit an important throw at clinching time, but struggled with his throws (7 points, 3/13, 6 assists).
The Mavericks again had a heavy offense starting five (Doncic, Dinwiddie, Hardaway, Bullock, Wood) and started offensively like a fire brigade. Doncic in particular was able to switch and manage and always found the right answer against so many Lakers blitz, that Dallas led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter.
However, the Lakers woke up, as rookie Max Christie was allowed to start as Denver (along with James, Schroeder, Toscano Anderson, and Bryant), which they owe in particular to their bank around mighty Westbrook. Ross set the tone with his energy and scored 15 points in the second half. Schroeder temporarily reduced his lead to 4, but then the Mavs came back to the trigger because Doncic turned up the heat again just before the break. 59:48 Mavs went into the locker room.
After half-time at tea, the Mavs couldn’t pull away like they did in the first quarter. Due to a stronger LeBron and slightly more offensive problems for the Mav, the Lakers were able to close the gap in the third quarter before even taking the lead in the final quarter. Westbrook tied the game by jumping over Frank Ntilekina (“Baby Rock” inkwell), then Nunn hit a free throw to make it 87-86 with eight minutes left – it was 24-9 by the Lakers at that point.
The Mavericks choke on the win in double overtime
In the Mavs, Wood in particular has fought back. Doncic was struggling as the Lakers kept getting the ball away from him. In the middle of the third quarter, Doncic scored the last goal from the field, as a result of which others had to take over – and the Mavs uncharacteristically lost the ball, 19 in number. 1:31 before the end it was Schroeder who brought the lead back to +2 for the Lakers.
Wood only had one free throw at the other end, and then both teams missed several chances. With 11.8 seconds left, Westbrook was fouled and hit two free throws. Interestingly, Doncic didn’t double this time, didn’t take long to ask, and singled out against Schroeder and In his pocket a step back three to tie. With 6 seconds left, James aimed for Brown Jr., whose throw Hardaway blocked (possibly with some contact). He went to overtime.
It’s been up and down here, and Westbrook admitted a flagrant foul after a push against Doncic, but he missed both free throws. Dinwiddie stunningly clinched, but Wenin Gabriel put the Lakers ahead with a 1-and-1. James made it +3, then it was again Doncic who leveled it up with a 3-0. The Lakers had the last possession of the ball – but Wood cleared it from James on the drive. Double overtime!
Dallas has the upper hand here. Dinwiddie alone scored 6 points in the second overtime, and Wood fought tirelessly scoring 2 blocks and a tip, among other things. With 11.7 seconds left, Hardaway hit at least one free throw for a +4 lead. LeBron missed another chance and the game was finally decided.
NBA: Die Stats-Leader bei Lakers vs. Mavs
|points||Russell Westbrook (28)||Luka Doncic (35)|
|Follow ups||LeBron James (16)||Doncic, Wood (14 years old)|
|helps||LeBron James (9)||Luka Doncic (13)|
|Steal||James, Westbrook, Gabriel (You 2)||Reggie Bullock (2)|
|blocks||Wayne Gabriel (2)||Christian Wood (5)|