Doncic breaks Mavs’ career triple-double record with 22nd
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 30 points and broke Dallas’ career triple-double record with his 22nd, helping the Mavericks hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 127-123 in overtime Wednesday night.
Doncic added 17 rebounds and 10 assists, and Kristaps Porzingis had 34 points and 12 rebounds in the nationally televised matchup between young stars Doncic and Zion Williamson. Williamson scored 21 points in 35 minutes in the first back-to-back of his NBA career.
Doncic broke Jason Kidd’s record for triple-doubles just five days after his 21st birthday.
Neither team led by more than three points throughout the fourth quarter or overtime until Doncic fed Porzingis for a dunk with 49 seconds left to give Dallas a four-point lead. Doncic had hit a 3 to snap a 118-118 tie with 1:10 to play.
Williamson held up well in his first back-to-back since making his NBA debut Jan. 22. He has scored double figures in all 16 games he’s played in and has 20 points or more in his last 13.
Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 27 points, but fouled out in overtime. Lonzo Ball added 25.
The Pelicans’ Nicolo Melli sent the game to overtime with a tying 3 with 7.4 seconds left after missing his first six 3s of the game.
BUCKS 119, PACERS 100
MILWAUKEEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and Milwaukee recovered after squandering an early 22-point lead to rout Indiana.
The Bucks bounced back from a 105-89 loss at Miami in which they posted their lowest point total of the season. An NBA-best 53-9, Milwaukee hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season.
Indiana had a four-game winning streak snapped as it fell into a tie with Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers also lost guard Malcolm Brogdon to a sore left hip in the second quarter.
The Pacers were without Victor Oladipo for the second straight game because of a sore right knee. Milwaukee was missing reserve guards George Hill (groin contusion) and Kyle Korver (back soreness).
Khris Middleton had 20 points for Milwaukee, and Donte DiVincenzo matched a career high with 19.
T.J. Warren scored 18 points for Indiana, and and Doug McDermott had 16.
HEAT 116, MAGIC 113
MIAMI (AP) — Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc, and Miami hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers to beat Orlando.
Goran Dragic scored 25 points and added nine assists, Kelly Olynyk scored 16 on a perfect shooting night and Jimmy Butler finished with 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Miami won won four straight.
The previous record for Heat 3-pointers was 21, set April 5, 2017, at Charlotte. The 22 3-pointers made also tied the most allowed in a game by Orlando.
Terrence Ross scored 35 and hit a season-high eight 3-pointers for the Magic.
CELTICS 112, CAVALIERS 106
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 32 points and Boston beat Cleveland in a matchup of short-handed teams.
The Celtics were missing starters Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward, and the Cavaliers played without starters Andre Drumnond and rookie Darius Garland. Cavaliers rookie swingman Kevin Porter Jr. left the game in the first half with a head injury and didn’t return.
Clevelannd rookie Collin Sexton scored a career-high 41 points, making 17 of 29 shots from the field. His previous career high was 32 against Utah.
JAZZ 112, KNICKS 104
NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 23 points and Utah beat New York.
Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz. They won their third straight against a team well below .500 from the Eastern Conference.
Julius Randle had 32 points and 11 rebounds for New York.
Spike Lee was not in his seats, a day after vowing to attend no more Knicks home games this season after arguing with security guards who told him Monday he had to use a different entrance to reach his courtside spot.
THUNDER 114, PISTONS 107
DETROIT (AP) — Danilo Gallinari made a 3-pointer in the final minute and Oklahoma City beat Detroit after blowing a 16-point second-half lead.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for Oklahoma City. The Thunder had lost their previous two games, not scoring more than 94 points in either.
Christian Wood scored a career-high 29 points for Detroit.
GRIZZLIES 118, NETS 79
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 19 points and Memphis ran away from Brooklyn.
Tyus Jones added 18 points to help Memphis win its third in a row. Ja Morant scored 15 points.
Taurean Prince had 15 points for Brooklyn.
TIMBERWOLVES 115, BULLS 108
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Malik Beasley scored 24 points, D’Angelo Russell added 19 and Minnesota beat Chicago to win both games of a back-to-back for the first time this season.
Coby White led Chicago with 26 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 125, WIZARDS 104
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 22 points in his return from a groin injury and Carmelo Anthony scored 25 as Portland beat Washington.
Hassan Whiteside finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks for Portland. CJ McCollum, like Lillard, had 22 points and five assists.
It was Lillard’s first game in three weeks after missing six with a groin strain.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who began the day as the NBA’s second-leading scorer, had 29 points on 10-for-29 shooting (35%) from the field.
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