The Washington Post Sunday

Doncic helps Dallas earn ninth home win in a row



Luka Doncic shrugged off a rough shooting night with 11 straight points to erase an eightpoint deficit late in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutiv­e home victory, 107-104, over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Doncic was 3 for 13 before he hit back-to-back three-pointers to get Dallas within two. After Chris Paul missed two free throws, Doncic hit a floater in the lane for a tie, then followed an air ball three from James Harden with another from long range for a 105-102 lead. It was the game’s 26th lead change.

The Slovenian rookie had 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying three-pointer for Houston at the buzzer.

Harden overcame early foul trouble to finish with 35 points.

PACERS 107, KINGS 97: Thaddeus Young had a seasonhigh 20 points and nine rebounds and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points as Indiana handled Sacramento in Indianapol­is.

Playing their 10th straight game without injured all-star Victor Oladipo, the Pacers relied on defense and scoring balance. Myles Turner contribute­d nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Domantas Sabonis and Darren Collison each scored 14 points, Cory Joseph added 11, and Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott finished with 10 apiece.

Buddy Hield scored 20 points and De’Aaron Fox added 18 points and six assists for the Kings, who shot 42 percent as their threegame winning streak ended.

HAWKS 106, NUGGETS 98: John Collins scored a career-high 30 points and reserves Vince Carter and DeAndre’ Bembry fueled a third-quarter rally that helped host Atlanta hold off Denver.

Atlanta (6-20) snapped a fourgame losing streak. Collins also had 12 rebounds and five assists.

The Hawks lost, 138-93, at Denver on Nov. 15, and the Nuggets also controlled Saturday night’s game early on. But they faded in the finale of a five-game trip.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 11 rebounds, but Denver (17-9) dropped games on back-to-back nights for the first time all season after sweeping the first three situations.

CELTICS 133, BULLS 77: Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and visiting Boston trounced Chicago for its fifth straight win.

The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in franchise history, surpassing a 51-point win (153-102) over the Philadelph­ia Warriors on March 7, 1962.

Jayson Tatum had 18 points and Terry Rozier added 15 as the Celtics used a 17-0 start and a balanced attack to roll to their second straight lopsided win.

LAKERS 111, GRIZZLIES 88: LeBron James had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kyle Kuzma added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Los Angeles dominated host Memphis.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart added 16 points apiece, while JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Wayne Selden led Memphis with 17 points. Mike Conley added 12 points while struggling from the field, shooting 4 for 12 on the night, as Memphis shot 41 percent overall.

NETS 112, KNICKS 104: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 to lead Brooklyn past New York at Madison Square Garden.

Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Joe Harris added 11 as Brooklyn won its second straight game. The Nets moved to 10-18.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each added 12 for New York, which has lost three straight.

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