Doncic Hits Big 3-Pointer To Sink Wolves
NEW YORK (Dispatches) - Rookie sensation Luka Doncic drained the game-winning 3-pointer, scored a team-high 29 points and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a rare road win, 119-115 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Minneapolis.
Doncic, the second-leading All-Star vote-getter in the Western Conference so far, went toe to toe with the Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with a game-high 30 points plus 11 rebounds and four blocks. Doncic had 12 assists.
Doncic’s game-winner, shot over Towns’ outstretched arm, swished through with 22.9 seconds left for a 117-115 lead. It came just seconds after he threw away an inbounds pass with Minnesota leading 115-114. However, the Wolves gave it right back to set up the 19-year-old’s heroics.
Harrison Barnes added 23 points for the Mavericks. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, coming off a 40-point performance, finished with 17 points, and Derrick Rose had 21 off the bench.
Rockets 141, Cavaliers 113
James Harden posted his fourth 40-point triple-double on the season, and host Houston turned an early run into a blowout of Cleveland, which lost its 12th straight game.
Harden finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter. His 13th 40-point game this season set a franchise record. Harden converted all 11 of his free throws. All 10 of his rebounds came on the defensive end.
Houston’s Clint Capela had 19 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 30 minutes. Cedi Osman paced Cleveland’s starters with 15 points while the backcourt of Alec Burks and Collin Sexton totaled 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Warriors 146, Bulls 109
Klay Thompson buried three consecutive 3-pointers in the first 70 seconds as host Golden State ran away from Chicago in Oakland, Calif., and won its third straight game.
The win capped one of the highest-scoring, season series sweeps in NBA history, with the Warriors having blown out the Bulls 149-124 in Chicago on Oct. 29. Thompson, who scored 52 points in the October game, scored a game-high 30 points.
Jazz 113, Lakers 95
Donovan Mitchell finished with 33 points and a career-high nine assists to lead Utah’s rout of Los Angeles Lakers in Salt Lake City.
Three Jazz players finished with double-doubles: Rudy Gobert (12 points, season-high 18 rebounds); Joe Ingles (14 points, career-high 12 rebounds); and Derrick Favors (15 points, season-high 13 rebounds).
Michael Beasley scored 17 points to lead the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 15 points, and Kyle Kuzma chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Los Angeles lost for the sixth time in nine games without LeBron James, who remained in Los Angeles due to a groin injury.