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Behind Luka Dončić's great shooting night in Portland. He made eight three-pointers in nine attempts, equaling his personal record, contributing 37 points, all of which he managed in just three quarters with Dallas ’dominant win 132-92.
"Nothing special. I can only say that I should have hit the last one. But it is a very good feeling. It is great when you are doing like that. It's just a shame there weren't any fans in the hall," when he hit the first eight attempts, said Dončić, who has been extremely playful in all his meetings with Portland so far, and this time he recorded seven more rebounds and four assists in the statistics.
37 points is his personal record in three quarters, and at the same time he equaled the best achievement of any Mavs player in the last 25 years. Twice, after 37 points in just three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki scored.
Dallas hosted Oregon for the second time in three days. After not finding a solution for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on Friday, this time he did an excellent job in defense. Lillard, the league’s second top scorer and one of the candidates even for league league MVP, was successfully stopped, otherwise he was the top away scorer with 19 points but missed all seven attempts from behind the line. McCollum, who hit seven three-pointers on Friday, was inaccurate this time on all five attempts for three.
"We didn't play the best game here. This time we adjusted. At the same time, Finney-Smith, who is one of our best defensive players, came back. I think we are growing nicely in defense. We have to continue and progress defensively," added Dončić., who in the last 20 games for three points throws as much as 43%. "When he's in that rhythm and exchanging breakthroughs with throws for three, it's virtually impossible to stop him," coach Rick Carlisle could not praise Doncic.
While the hosts hit nine three-pointers with only a 22% success rate, the Mavs scored as many as 19 with a 52% throw. The guests dominated the jump, which they won with 52:33. They paved the way to a high victory with an excellent second quarter, and the upgrade of this was the third, which they opened with a partial result of 19: 0. Thus, the meeting was decided before the last quarter, which was attended by all the main trump cards of both teams. Dallas broke a three-game losing streak against Portland and a series of three Blazers wins.
Portland opened the match perfectly and threw 8/10 in the first five minutes of the game. He led 16: 9, after which Dončić went to the bench for a short time, having contributed six points so far. As the percentage of Blazers ’throws dropped, Dallas came closer. Immediately after returning to the floor three minutes before the end of the quarter, Luka hit a three-pointer to get closer to 23:22, and two minutes later he was once again accurate behind the line for 26:25. Lillard, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, gave the home team a 30:27 lead after 12 minutes. Dončić scored one more point than the first Portland star.
The Slovenian ace continued in the same rhythm and gave the first five points to the Mavs in the second quarter, and in the 16th minute, with his 19th point, he put the guests in the lead with 37:38. Without the playful Dončić, Dallas made a series of 9: 0, leading by seven. As soon as Luke stepped on the floor again, he played brilliantly with his back against Lillard, and soon after, Dorian Finney-Smith gave the Texans a double-digit advantage with an accurate throw for three. Dončić then scored the fourth three-pointer, Dallas' eighth consecutive successful throw-in. Luka also scored a dozen points in the quarter, and the guests, after giving 38 points in the second quarter, went to the break with an advantage of +11 (54:65). Behind the line, the Mavs threw more than 53 percent in the first half, the Blazers only 20, and lost five balls more than the home team (1: 6).
Also, in the third quarter, Dallas scored 38, but he did an excellent job in defense, allowing only 15. Maxi Kleber opened the second half with five consecutive points, then two three-pointers were scored by Dončić, who with his 30th point raised the difference over 20 (54:76). Even a minute of the break did not help Portland, who opened the quarter with six consecutive missed throws from the game, giving the first basket only in the sixth minute of the second half.
A good 16 minutes before the end, Luka equaled his record of eight triples. Then Kristaps Porzingis was accurate behind the line and the difference increased to 30 (64:94). Dončić then only missed a three-pointer, while Dallas hit as many as nine three-pointers in the third quarter. The last quarter was just another formality. For both teams, the basketball players who play less were given the opportunity. Dallas rested all the holders, yet still ennobled the advantage. The highest difference was as much as 45. In the end, 13 visiting basketball players were among the scorers.
Miami loses for the second time in three days to Indiana.
Goran Dragić watched Indiana's second consecutive victory at the American Airlines Arena due to back problems from the bench. After beating the Heat 137-110 on Friday, the Pacers celebrated after extra time (106: 109), and with the third consecutive defeat, Miami lost fourth place in the East. The hosts entered the final quarter with a nine-point deficit, and just under five minutes before the end, the difference was eight points. A minute and a half before the end of regular time, the Pacers scored for the last time.
Bam Adebayo then scored, and Jimmy Butler had two free throws left with 12 seconds left. He hit just one, on the other hand, Caris LeVert was unsuccessful and decided overtime. In the first minute and 20 seconds of the extra time, Heats made a series of 5:0, and then gave only three more points. Indiana responded with a partial score of 9: 0. 48 seconds before the end, LeVert scored for 109: 106, and Tyler Herro and Butler were unsuccessful, so Indiana celebrated again in Florida.
Ingram and Williamson drop 30 points each on Denver.
Nikola Jokić scored a triple double with 29 points and ten rebounds and 52 assists in his career, which was not enough for Denver's victory over New Orleans (108: 113), with Zion Williamson and Brandon scoring 30 points each. Ingram. The Nuggets took a 95:92 lead with a partial result of 9: 0 in the last quarter, when Jokić scored from behind the line just five minutes before the end. Ingram scored twice in a row and scored an additional free throw, giving the visitors the lead at the beginning of the last minute with 107: 104. 29 seconds to go, he was twice as accurate from the free throw line, bringing the difference to +4. On the other hand, Jokić and Jamal Murray were unsuccessful from a distance, and the Pelicans secured the victory with free throws.
Paul in the elite club of assist leaders.
Phoenix eliminated the weakened LA Lakers 111-94. Chris Paul contributed 10,000 assist in the third quarter which is a celebration time in his rich career. Only John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson are ahead of him on the eternal ladder. The 35-year-old Paul scored a triple-double this time (11 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds).
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are injured and will not return for at least another two weeks, with Marc Gasol expected to play as early as next week.
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