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Doncic triple-double inspires humiliation of Warriors, Kawhi & Leonard play together

By Sports Desk November 21, 2019

Luka Doncic recorded a remarkable triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks demolished the Golden State Warriors 142-94 in the NBA.

Doncic showed no mercy with 35 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action on Wednesday.

The second-year guard had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds after the first quarter alone in Dallas midweek.

Doncic – who was coming off a 40-point triple-double on Monday – has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles through 14 games for the Mavs (9-5) this season.

The struggling Warriors (3-13) were led by Eric Paschall's 22 points on the road.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George took to the court for the first time together as the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime.

Injuries to both players postponed the star Clippers recruits from playing together, however, that changed on Wednesday.

George had 25 points and eight assists, while Leonard – back from injury – finished with 17 points in Los Angeles, while Jayson Tatum scored 30 points.

 

Giannis sparks Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 33 points and 11 rebounds in the Milwaukee Bucks' 135-127 victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Eric Bledsoe had 28 of his own as the Bucks won their fifth consecutive game.

James Harden (27) and Russell Westbrook (25) combined for 52 points, while Clint Capela posted 12 points and 21 rebounds but the Houston Rockets still lost 105-95 to the Denver Nuggets.

Jarrett Allen's 22 points and 17 rebounds led the Brooklyn Nets past the Charlotte Hornets 101-91.

 

Spurs' slide continues

The San Antonio Spurs are in freefall. Gregg Popovich's team dropped their seventh straight game – a 138-132 loss to the Washington Wizards. It is San Antonio's worst streak since 1996-97.

 

Simmons shoots a three!

Yes, you read that right. Ben Simmons nailed his first three-pointer in the NBA. After 17 unsuccessful attempts, the Philadelphia 76ers guard ended his drought in the opening quarter of his team's 109-104 win over the New York Knicks.

Wednesday's results

Washington Wizards 138-132 San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers 109-104 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 113-97 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 135-127 Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat 124-100 Cleveland Cavaliers
Brooklyn Nets 101-91 Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks 142-94 Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls 109-89 Detroit Pistons
Utah Jazz 103-95 Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets 105-95 Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers 107-104 Boston Celtics (OT)

 

Trail Blazers at Bucks

The Bucks (11-3) will back up when they welcome Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers (5-10) to Milwaukee on Thursday. Anthony made his debut last time out and will be looking to make more of an impact against the high-flying Bucks.

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  • Doncic expected to miss Bucks clash with ankle sprain Doncic expected to miss Bucks clash with ankle sprain

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does not expect Luka Doncic to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday after suffering a right ankle sprain in their overtime defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

    Doncic played fewer than two minutes of the Mavericks' 122-118 loss to the Heat, which dropped them to a record of 17-8.

    The Slovenian is enjoying a breakout second season that has him in the Most Valuable Player discussion. Doncic is averaging 29.3 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds. 

    However, he is now unlikely to square off against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks, who lead the Eastern Conference after compiling 18 straight wins.

    Speaking in a media conference, Carlisle said: "Luka has a right ankle sprain, we hope it's not serious, X-rays were negative."

    The Mavericks trailed 73-50 at half-time but produced a stirring second-half fightback to force the extra five-minute period.

    Asked what he said to his team in the interval with Doncic sidelined, Carlisle replied: "Don't have to say much, guys knew we were getting outplayed and outworked and we turned it around in the second half.

    "We needed to make one more play or have one more ball bounce our way or get one more call.

    "It's disappointing [Doncic's injury] but, next man up. Obviously we lose a guy that's a great player, we don't know for how long, and I don't expect him to play against Milwaukee, that's just an opinion that's not a media release or anything like that, but we've got to circle the wagons with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half, pretty simple. "

  • Bucks win 18th straight, Bulls stun Clippers Bucks win 18th straight, Bulls stun Clippers

    The Milwaukee Bucks stretched their winning streak in the NBA to 18 on Saturday, while the Los Angeles Clippers suffered a surprise loss.

    The Bucks cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-108 for an 18th straight win, which is the second longest streak in the team's history.

    Milwaukee were once again led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 29 points in just 24 minutes.

    The Clippers' four-game winning run came to an end in a 109-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

    The Bulls claimed just their 10th victory of the season thanks largely to 31 points from Zach LaVine.

    Kawhi Leonard missed the encounter due to a knee injury.

    Super Siakam, marvellous Memphis

    Pascal Siakam's 30 points helped the Toronto Raptors past the Brooklyn Nets 110-102.

    The Memphis Grizzlies went 48-of-84 from the field to claim a 128-111 victory over the Washington Wizards.

     

    Doncic scare

    Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered an ankle injury during the Dallas Mavericks' overtime loss to the Miami Heat.

    He played less than two minutes in the defeat.

     

    Murray's fine dunk

    The Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray set up his own dunk by passing to himself off the backboard.

    Saturday's results

    San Antonio Spurs 121-119 Phoenix Suns
    Toronto Raptors 110-102 Brooklyn Nets
    Chicago Bulls 109-106 Los Angeles Clippers
    Memphis Grizzlies 128-111 Washington Wizards
    Miami Heat 122-118 Dallas Mavericks
    Milwaukee Bucks 125-108 Cleveland Cavaliers

     

    Lakers at Hawks

    The Los Angeles Lakers (23-3) will be eyeing a seventh straight win when they visit the Atlanta Hawks (6-20) on Sunday.

  • Rivers says 'every play was for George and Leonard' after duo make LA Clippers history Rivers says 'every play was for George and Leonard' after duo make LA Clippers history

    Doc Rivers says every play was for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and feels the star duo "came up big" to make Los Angeles Clippers history against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    George had 46 points and Leonard added 42 as they became the first Clippers team-mates to score over 40 in the same game, helping the team to a 124-117 win in Minneapolis.

    The Clippers' run of four straight road victories has arrived at a key time, having previously been 3-6 away from Staples Center.

    Their latest win took them to 20-7 overall for the season and came without key players Lou Williams (calf) and Patrick Beverley (concussion).

    "That was great," coach Doc Rivers said after Friday's win was inspired by George and Leonard.

    "We knew without Lou [that] every play was basically for those two guys. And they came up big."

    George was involved the last time two team-mates scored over 40, doing it with Russell Westbrook at the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, but knew it was an impressive feat.

    "It's special, two guys offensively," George said. "It's great when both guys can get it going.

    "The thing about it is, we're dishing, finding each other, feeding each other. And then when we have moments to be aggressive, we're looking to get aggressive, attack, look for our shots. 

    "I thought that was a good indication [of what we can do going forward]. Overall, we did a great job of just playing off one another, both looking to score and then finding plays to make our team-mates better as well."

    Leonard was thrilled with the performance but insisted Clippers wins were more important than he and George replicating their high points totals in future games.

    "It's great that we can have somebody else out there to help scoring the ball, making the game easier for myself," said last year's NBA Finals MVP.

    "We got into our spots early, made shots. Paul carried us in that second half."

    Asked if this was what he envisaged playing with George, Leonard said: "I didn't think that coming into the season. We just want to win a basketball game. 

    "If it's me having 10 and him having 40 or vice-versa, or Lou Will is going or Trezz [Montrezl Harrell] or somebody else having a great game, that is what I envision. I just want to envision winning games.

    "We're still trying to build our chemistry out there. We didn't close that third quarter too great. We [have] still got to improve."

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