As a long-range jumper spun off the rim, Luka Doncic hopped and stomped the floor in frustration — it was that kind of night for the rookie and his Mavericks.
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 and the Spurs beat the Mavericks 112-105 in Dallas on Tuesday night.
DeRozan and Aldridge had identical 11-for-19 shooting lines from the field and combined to go 17-for-17 from the foul line. The Spurs won their sixth in a row.
“It’s a challenge to understand and figure out how to pull these games out because they’re just as important as any other game,” DeRozan said. “Going into playoffs, you’ve got to have that type of mentality of being resilient.”
Doncic started for Dallas despite a strained knee. He went through one of his worst games of his rookie season. Doncic didn’t score until the final minute of the first half and ended up with 12 points and a personal-high nine turnovers.
Things hit rock bottom for Doncic in the third quarter, when he was fouled on a 3-point shot and didn’t make any of the free-throw tries.
Trail Blazers 125, Clippers 104: CJ McCollum scored 35 points, Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard added 20 apiece and visiting Portland snapped Los Angeles’ five-game winning streak. McCollum was 12-for-21 from the field and made six 3-pointers.
Nuggets 133, Timberwolves 107: Jamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Mason Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the host Nuggets cruised over banged-up Minnesota.
Lakers 123, Bulls 107: LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles overcame a 20-point deficit to win in Chicago and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes.
Bucks 130, Pelicans 113: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Milwaukee used a 45-point third quarter to take control in New Orleans. Khris Middleton had 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 18, and Eric Bledsoe and former Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic each scored 14 for the Bucks.
76ers 106, Cavaliers 99: Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 19 rebounds and made big plays down the stretch, and Philadelphia held off an upset bid at home. Embiid, playing in his second game after missing eight straight with a sore left knee, had a big dunk, a block and four straight free throws to seal the win as “MVP” chants replaced the boos in Philly.
Pacers 103, Knicks 98: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Darren Collison made two free throws 19.5 seconds left to help Indiana win at home. Indiana snapped its two-game losing streak and remained tied with Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference.
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