When LeBron James (24 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists) and Luka Doncic (35 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) compete in a clash of generations, it’s definitely worth a look. Even more so when this duel absolutely needs double overtime (!) to find its winner.
On arrival it is final Mavericks who at the end of the excitement and exhaustion managed to bend Lakers pugnacious, but too righteous and undisciplined at key moments (119-115). A victory that must clearly be added to the credit of Luka Doncic, author of another triple-double and, above all, two decisive shots on 3-points to grab the extensions.
Despite a very good Russell Westbrook (28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists), Los Angeles therefore bows out for the second time in a row, while Dallas is on the way forward after his two defeats in a row.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Los Angeles believed it, but Dallas had the final say. Globally undisciplined, as this failed first quarter (22-36) that had forced them to chase the score for almost the entire game, the Lakers finally laid down the weapons in overtime, in front of the attack of Spencer Dinwiddie and Christian Wood, but also Luka Doncic of course . A success that will not fail to boost the confidence and cohesion of the Texan group, yet overused by its coach, while the Californians will be able to rue their missed opportunities in money timebecause victory was near.
— Luka Doncic dominates LeBron James. Not necessarily the most beautiful duel between “The King” and “Luka Magic”, because the first was a notch below the second, but certainly one of their tightest. Thus, in the end, it is Doncic who goes again with the victory against his model, after playing the bosses all evening, and in particular in the hot moments, as on these two “stepback 3s” that allowed Dallas to hang those two. extensions. Conversely, James suffered from the comparison, winning heavily on shots (9/28 on shots and 0/7 on 3-pointers), without being decisive at the end, despite a good black stat sheet.
✅ Russell Westbrook. Definitely one of the best matches of “Brodie” this season. Exemplary from start to finish (and on both sides of the floor) against Luka Doncic, influential in each of his appearances and also decisive in the fourth quarter or in overtime, the Lakers point guard confirmed that he is currently practicing his best basketball of the season (almost 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals on average in five games). A great performance ‘unfortunately marred by a defeat, but Westbrook has nothing to be ashamed of.
✅ Dinwiddie-Wood-Hardaway Jr Trio. To properly support Luka Doncic despite an ineffective bench (see below), the Mavericks needed at least Spencer Dinwiddie (17 points), Christian Wood (24 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (22 points, 8 rebounds) answers everyone present at his side. Mission accomplished as the three lieutenants of the Slovenian provided for in the shadows. We especially note the big extensions of Dinwiddie on offense and Wood on defense to allow Dallas to hang on and make the difference when Doncic was a bit more discrete.
⛔ ✅ LeBron James. As mentioned above, despite a full stat sheet, “The King” lost his game in the matchup with Luka Doncic, and above all, he weighed down the Lakers quite a bit with his clumsiness and his decision-making in important moments. If Dennis Schröder was also torn apart in the attack (3/13 on shots, including 0/6 on 3-pts), the German at least had the merit of fighting like hell on “Luka Magic” in defense. On the other hand, we could expect more from James, back after a game of absence and not necessarily on his plate, in addition to charging the battle physically during the minutes.
⛔ The Dallas bench. The matches follow each other and are similar other device by Mavericks. Unlike the Clippers on Tuesday night, the Texans’ replacements actually offered insufficient and distasteful content when their coach called on them (only 14 points total). All the more so when Russell Westbrooks, Wenyen Gabriel and others Kendrick Nunn in the opposite camp brought good minutes and at times played the X-factors. It is therefore not surprising to see Jason Kidd shoot excessively at the organization within its organization. holders (minimum 47 minutes each…).
Los Angeles (19-23) : Philadelphia reception, night from Sunday to Monday (03:30).
Dallas (24-19) : trip to Portland, overnight from Saturday to Sunday (04:00).