The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114:111 on Wednesday night, led by a stellar performance from Luka Doncic. The Slovenian guard finished the game with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. The Mavericks had a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Lakers clawed their way back into the game.
With just over a minute left to play, LeBron James gave the Lakers a 101-99 lead. However, Kyrie Irving responded with a three-pointer to put the Mavericks back ahead. Irving then hit two free throws to seal the victory. Doncic was the Mavericks' leading scorer, but he also had a lot of help from his teammates.
Irving had 28 points, and Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. James was the Lakers' leading scorer with 26 points. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Anthony Davis had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Mavericks are now 10-5 on the season.
The Lakers are 9-7. The Mavericks are now one of the top teams in the Western Conference, while the Lakers are struggling to find their footing.
Minnesota Timberwolves Continue to Impress
The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 112:99 on Wednesday night to improve to 11-3 on the season.
The Timberwolves are now one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 31 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Rudi Gobert recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.
The 76ers were without MVP Joel Embiid, who is out with an injury. Deantoni Melton and Marcus Morris led the team with 16 points each.
Milwaukee Bucks Fall to Boston Celtics
The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics 119:116 on Wednesday night.
The Bucks are now 9-6 on the season. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 26 and 23 points, respectively. Kristaps Porzingis contributed 21 points. Brook Lopez was the Bucks' leading scorer with 28 points. Damian Lillard added 27 points.
Janis Adetokumbo recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Celtics and Bucks are both considered to be title contenders, but the Celtics showed that they are the better team on this night.