Mavs’ Don­cic likely out for key stretch

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

The tim­ing couldn’t be much worse for the Mav­er­icks to be with­out star guard Luka Don­cic.

The reign­ing rookie of the year sprained his right an­kle in the open­ing min­utes of a 122-118 over­time loss to the Heat on Satur­day, the first of five straight games for the Mav­er­icks against the teams that en­tered Sun­day with the five best records in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

Mav­er­icks coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t ex­pect Don­cic to play in Mon­day’s road game against the Bucks and reign­ing MVP Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo. X-rays were neg­a­tive. The Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported that Don­cic’s sprain was di­ag­nosed as “mod­er­ate” and that he could re­turn soon af­ter Christ­mas.

Don­cic leads the Mav­er­icks in scor­ing (29.3), re­bound­ing (9.6), as­sists (8.9) and steals (1.2).

Lak­ers win 7th straight: LeBron James scored 32 points, 13 re­bounds and seven as­sists and the Lak­ers ex­tended their win­ning streak to seven with a 101-96 vic­tory over the Hawks in At­lanta.

The Lak­ers pulled even with the idle Bucks for the NBA’s best record at 24-3.

Pel­i­cans hit new low: Jonathan Isaac had 21 points and 10 re­bounds and the Magic beat Pel­i­cans 130-119 in New Or­leans.

It was the Pel­i­cans’ fran­chise-record 12th straight loss.

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