The game between Dallas and Golden State, the long-awaited duel between Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry, was decided in the blink of an eye with a 0-28, one of the most bulky partial scores in recent times. Dallas won 103-133 and thus remains in a sixth place that would allow it to qualify directly for the playoffs and avoid the tie that they will have to play from the seventh to the tenth place in each Conference.
The game was marked by the offensive collapse suffered by the Warriors from minute three and a half to the opening bars of the second quarter. The score went from 12-11 to 12-39. The 0-28 run, one of the most bulky in the NBA in recent years, left no margin for the Warriors. “The biggest game of the year and it was over before it started,” lamented his coach Steve Kerr.
Doncic had 39 points in 28 minutes, in addition to 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. Carlisle gave him rest in the fourth quarter. His presence was not necessary because the Mavericks came to dominate by 43 points of difference. The response from Stephen Curry, the league’s leading scorer and averaging 37 points in the last month, fell very short, in line with his team’s weak performance, hampered by casualties. Curry had 27 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Along with him, only the Canadian guard Mychal Mulder stood out with 26 points. The Mavericks couldn’t count on Porzingis, injured. Melli, Hardaway and Finney-Smith each scored 13 points, Brunson 12 and Kleber 10. “It was the perfect storm. Everything has gone fatal, ”Curry lamented. “I’m not worried about the scoring drought, I’m concerned about defense, the level of intensity, preparation and competitiveness,” said Kerr. “That is what has been lacking. I’m the coach and clearly they weren’t ready to play. “
Juancho Hernangómez obtained double figures for the fourth consecutive game with 22 points, in addition to 7 rebounds, in the duel that Minnesota won in Houston (107-114). Ricky Rubio only played 17 minutes and added 3 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. The Timberwolves’ leading scorer was Towns with 31 points.
The performance of Jeff Green, with 22 points, and Kevin Durant, with 7 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, in addition to the good collective performance of the team, gave the Brooklyn Nets the victory in the game against Toronto (103-116) . The Nets lead the Eastern Conference with two wins over the Philadelphia Sixers and three over the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Charlotte Hornets (104-114), with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 22 points from Brook Lopez. The Celtics, sixth, lost to Oklahoma City (115-119). Jaylen Brown’s 39 points and 11 rebounds and Pritchard’s 28 were not enough and the Celtics noticed the losses of Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.