On Tuesday, Mavericks star Luka Doncic made history against the Knicks, becoming the first NBA player to score a triple-double with at least 60 points and 20 rebounds (21).
Two days after this feat, the Slovenian is almost back to normal, but still. Against the Rockets, he scored 35 points, took 12 rebounds and delivered 13 assists, all in the first three quarters, a performance that has only been achieved seven times in 25 years … including five times by Doncic himself.
Carried by their Slovenian star, the Mavericks, won against Houston (129-114) and moved up to 5th place in the Western Conference, with 20 wins and 16 losses.
Boston solid leader in the East
The Celtics, first in the Eastern Conference, won their 26th success in 36 games, dominating the LA Clippers (116-110). Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shared the effort, scoring 29 points each, to line up a fourth victory in a row and complete a series of seven home matches on the green (4 v. – 3 d.).
Dashing during this first part of the season, the Clippers, with a Kahwi Leonard at 26 points, were however threatening until the end. While the Californian franchise was only three points behind, 33 seconds from the buzzer, Derrick White made a superb counter on a « lay up » from Paul George, dashing the hopes of Los Angeles.
“Now we have four tough away games and we will have to find ways to win victories”reacted White after the meeting.
The Celtics will start 2023 with a shock on the floor of the Denver Nuggets, who share the lead in the Western Conference with New Orleans (22 v. – 12 d.).
The Raptors sink
Just behind this duo, the Memphis Grizzlies reacted after two defeats by winning in Toronto (119-106). Ja Morant responded by scoring 19 points and above all by beating his personal record for assists (17).
Nothing is going well for the Raptors, however, who have lined up an eighth straight defeat on their floor. Eight is also the number of losses in the last 10 meetings, which tumbles the Canadian franchise to 11th place (15-20).
The dynamics of December are not good either for the New York Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in a row, against the Spurs (122-115), and for the Cleveland Cavaliers, beaten 135-126 by the Pacers of Tyrese Haliburton (29 pts). The « Cavs » remain 4th in the Eastern Conference (22-14) but will have to bounce back very quickly, during a double confrontation against the Chicago Bulls.