EThe Slovenian base Luka Doncic turned the basketball of the Dallas Mavericks in the one-man game and with a double-double of 26 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists led them to the triumph of 116-106 before the young Houston Rockets, who lost the second game in a row.
- Mavericks, 116- Finney-Smith (6), Hardaway, (16), Powell (7), Porzingis (9) y Doncic (26); Kleber (9), Bullock (16), Brown (0), Marjanovic (11), Cauley-Stein (0), M. Brown (3), Burke (0), Brunson (11), Ntilikina (2) y Green (0).
- Rockets, 106- Tate (6), Theis (15), Wood (16), Porter Jr. (13) y Green (10); Martin Jr. (1), House (8), Nwaba (7), Sengun (5), Augustin (3) y Gordon (22)
The Mavericks (2-1) they got a win in the first home game from new coach Jason Kidd. By contrast, the Rockets lost Dallas’ home opener for the first time after winning the previous three times.
Doncic, the 22-year-old star, did most of his damage inside the arc, finishing with 10 of 25 field goals and 1 of 6 3-point attempts.
The eaves Tim Hardaway Jr., and reserve Reggie Bullock, who had his best game with his new team, contributed 16 points each to the Mavericks.
The Latvian pivot Kristaps Porzingis had another night of hard shots, starting 1 of 9 before a triple and leave shortly after.
RESULTS OF THE DAY
- Knicks 112-99 Sixers
- Warriors 106-98 Thunder
- Mavericks 116-106 Rockets
- Spurs 121-125 Lakers
- Jazz 122-110 Nuggets
Porzingis did not return due to lower back stiffness. He entered the game with a black eye.
Eric Gordon, leader of the Rockets
For the Rockets (1-3) the reserve guard Eric Gordon got 22 points as the leading scorer.
Center Christian Wood had a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds, while German power forward Daniel Theis had another double-double of 15 points and captured 10 balls under the hoops.
The Spanish power forward, the rookie Usman Garuba, for the second consecutive game, he did not have a minute with the Rockets, a decision by Houston team coach Stephen Silas.