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NBA Roundup: Doncic’s Strong Return, George Sinks Warriors, and Kings Top Nuggets

Luka Doncic returned after his short absence with a very strong performance, but the Dallas Mavericks narrowly lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Orlando Magic’s winning streak snapped and Paul George sank the Warriors.

The Indiana Pacers are firing on all cylinders again and the Kings are crushing the Nuggets. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks win.

L.A. Clippers (9-10) – Golden State Warriors (9-11) 113:112 (BOXSCORE)

The Clippers only led for ten seconds the entire game, and that can be enough! Paul George sent a stepback three into the net, and on the other side the ball ended up in the hands of Draymond Green, who missed the potential game-winner from downtown. With 38 seconds left, Moses Moody made a missed throw at the free throw line, which took revenge. Stephen Curry also missed the opportunity to increase the Warriors’ lead with a throw from mid-range with 18 seconds left. The Clippers, on the other hand, converted their last five throws of the game, and Kawhi Leonard scored three times. “We just didn’t give up, that’s what matters,” George cheered after his team’s comeback, which was still down by 22 points in the second half. George was the Clippers’ top scorer with 25 points (8/17 FG, 4/8 3P ), 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Leonard (20, 9/16 FG, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and James Harden (21, 7/14, 9 assists) were also in strong form. Daniel Theis (6/11), like Norman Powell (5/12), contributed 12 points coming off the bench. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the way with 22 points (7/18 FG) and 11 assists, he was one of 3 Warriors with 4 converted distance throws. This also included Green (4/8 3P), his potential game winner was not just a desperate attempt that evening. It was the first game since 2019 with 4 three-pointers by Green, who, like Klay Thompson, scored 21 points.

Charlotte Hornets (6-12) – Minnesota Timberwolves (15-4) 117:123 (BOXSCORE)

Before the win, the Timberwolves had already been at the top of the Western Conference for ten days in a row, the same number in the history of the franchise as a whole before the current season! After the fourth win in a row, there will be at least four more days, thanks to the Wolves’ big men in the absence of the injured Anthony Edwards. Karl-Anthony Towns became the game’s top scorer with 28 points on 12/23 from the field and 4/ 8 from downtown as well as 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rudy Gobert played over 39 minutes and contributed 26 points (10/12 FG) as well as 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, significantly surpassing his previous season high of 17 points. “This is one of the best games I’ve ever seen from an ailing player,” Towns praised his center colleague, who was questionable for the game due to a hip injury: “It’s great to see him play like that, even though I know he’s in pain. That was very important for us today.”With Naz Reid, the third big man in the league, also had a strong performance with 23 points (9/14 FG, 3/6 3P) in 24 minutes off the bench. Mike Conley collected 8 of his 14 points and 4 of his 10 assists in the final period; he was crucial to the Wolves’ success in the final minutes. On the other side, LaMelo Ball was missing, Terry Rozier (23, 7 assists) and Miles Bridges (22) jumped into the breach. Brandon Miller hit 5/13 field throws on the way to 14 points and 3 assists, Mark Williams fouled out. The Hornets were slightly behind for most of the game, but took the lead several times in the final period.

Brooklyn Nets (10-9) – Orlando Magic (14-6) 129:101 (BOXSCORE)

The Magic’s nine-game winning streak is now sandwiched between two significant losses to the Nets. Mikal Bridges apparently had enough of the celebration in Orlando and gave Franz Wagner and Co. 26 of his 42 points in the first quarter with a total of 12/20 FG and 15/18 at the free throw line. Spencer Dinwiddie followed suit with 22 points (8/15 FG) and Dennis Smith Jr. provided support off the bench with 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in just under 21 minutes. Thanks to Bridges’ red-hot start (8/ 11 FG), the Magic were behind by 21 points in the first quarter, Orlando couldn’t get closer than 9 points. Among other things, the success of downtown was missing; the Magic only converted 31 percent there (9/29). Franz Wagner (7 rebounds, 5 assists) hit 6/16 of his field throws and, together with Cole Anthony (8/16 FG), became the Magic’s top scorer (20 points). Paolo Banchero was not far away from the first triple-double of his professional career 19 points (6/15 FG), 10 rebounds and 8 assists. “We can start the next series straight away,” he said decisively. Moritz Wagner delivered a lot of energy coming off the bench and 18 points on 6/9 FG and 2/2 3P in just under 21 minutes.

Detroit Pistons (2-18) – Cleveland Cavaliers (11-9) 101:110 (BOXSCORE)

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Miami Heat (11-9) – Indiana Pacers (10-8) 129:144 (BOXSCORE)

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Chicago Bulls (7-14) – New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) 124:118 (BOXSCORE)

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Milwaukee Bucks (14-6) – Atlanta Hawks (9-10) 132:121 (BOXSCORE)

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Dallas Mavericks (11-8) – Oklahoma City Thunder (13-6) 120:126 (BOXSCORE)

From 87:111 to 117:111 – the Dallas Mavericks achieved the longest run in NBA history! With 30 points in a row, the Mavs did something no other team has ever done. Nevertheless, Dallas ultimately had to admit defeat to the Thunder, who scored the last 10 points of the wild game. Luka Doncic committed 2 of his 7 turnovers in the last 100 seconds, but otherwise cut an outstanding figure in his first game as a father. 36 points on 11/22 FG and 5/13 3P as well as 15 rebounds and 18 assists, 2 steals and 2 Doncic put up blocks in almost 46 minutes on the floor. He shouldered nearly the entire load of the offense in the absence of Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dante Exum, Josh Green and Maxi Kleber. “The character of our team was visible,” praised Mavs coach Jason Kidd after the historic comeback, which lacked the crowning glory. “Of course that’s kind of a strange way to win,” said Thunder coach Mark Daigneautl and continued: ” But I definitely don’t want to underestimate how mentally strong this team is.” Eight of his players landed double digits, led by Jalen Williams with 23 points (9/19 FG), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wasn’t very aggressive by his standards with 17 points (6/13 FG), but collected 9 assists and 5 steals. Chet Holmgren had a double-double with 11 points and rebounds as well as 5 blocks, but rarely came up to easy finishes (4/10 FG) against a strong competitor among the rookie bigs, Dereck Lively II. Lively sank each of his 9 field throws for a new career high of 20 points, and in almost 40 minutes he also grabbed 6 of his 16 Rebounded at the opposing ring and blocked 7 shots! Derrick Jones Jr. also set a new career high with 6 triples (12 attempts) en route to 24 points.

Phoenix Suns (12-8) – Memphis Grizzlies (5-14) 116:109 (BOXSCORE)

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Utah Jazz (7-13) – Portland Trail Blazers (6-13) 118:113 (BOXSCORE)

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Sacramento Kings (11-7) – Denver Nuggets (14-7) 123:117 (BOXSCORE)

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Los Angeles Lakers (11-9) – Houston Rockets (8-8) 107:97 (BOXSCORE)

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2023-12-03 06:36:00
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