Don­cic Hits Big 3-Pointer To Sink Wolves

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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.

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