The Dallas Mavericks beat the Lakers 124-115, their second home win in a Christmas game, and did so with the unveiling of a statue dedicated to them. dirk nowitzkiwho were in the party.
Local victory backed by tremendous third quarter, 51-21 win under exemplary performance on track for luka doncic, Christian Wood why Tim Hardaway Jr.
Doncic finished the game with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting short and well, he committed 3 turnovers in the first quarter and none the rest of the game. Wood equaled his NBA best-scoring record, taking advantage of the Lakers’ small teams, who could do nothing against him. He signed 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and was 12 of 17 from the field. Visible. and Hardaway Jr. had 26 points (16 in the decisive third quarter), including 6 three-pointers.
also throw light on the improvement of reggie bull After a bad first half. He finished with 14 points thanks to his success from three.
in the lakers, very lonely Lebron James In what was his 17th game on Christmas, with 38 points he’s already broken a tie for the singles lead in that section Kobe Bryant (16).
Russell Westbrook He scored 17 points, but in the 24 minutes he was on track, his team fell to 30 on the scoreboard, and Austin Reeves Pair 16. Thomas Bryant He started but only watched the track for 19 minutes, dennis schroeder it was wrong and Patrick Beverly He delighted us with his usual show, incessant chatter with Doncic, who had a great time exchanging all kinds of impressions with good old Beverley who, it must be said, defended the Slovenian for several minutes.
The Lakers were having a good Christmas Day in Dallas until a steamroller named the Mavericks descended on them in the third quarter. until then, a break of 43–54 featured unusually good defensive play for those Darwin Ham, Then came defeat.
Dallas’ third quarter was disastrous for the Lakers in terrible terms. The result of the fourth, shocking: 51-21! and maw playing without Dorian Finney-Smith, kemba walker, max glue, josh green why Frank Nitikinawho forced Kidd to significantly change its rotation.
Dallas gave Angelenos a shower that was hardly to be forgotten. His 51 points in the quarter is a record for scoring in NBA Christmas Day history. No one has ever scored so many points in a quarter on 25 December. And they also have the best scoring record in a quarter in the league so far this season.
Jason Kidd’s men crushed the opponent with an incredible shooting percentage (18 of 25 from the field), brutal three-pointers (9 of 13), he handed out 13 assists, lost only one ball and made one. Defended skillfully against the opponent who was set up in mockery during the 12 minutes which gave the game a drastic turn.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was revived in the third quarter after a stellar first half, Christian Wood continued in the same vein in the first two quarters—he played a stellar game and took advantage of Darwin Hamm’s taste for low fives—and Luka Doncic showed off his IQ in a format that was going uphill for him.
The first half finished 43–54 with Dallas shooting a poor 5 of 25 from threes and Doncic scoring only 10 points and 2 assists, shooting very little at the basket and making two consecutive threes against one. were not able to. Presented very positive Lakers defense so far.
But it was the beginning of the third quarter and everything changed. Doncic started the game in an excellent way before two against one, Dallas circulated the ball very well, the Slovenian showed himself to be visionary, and the three began to enter in an unstoppable way, with The Mavericks have already scored 4 runs early in the fourth.
What came next was a massacre. Max 21 points (94–73) near the end of the quarter, which ended 94–75.
The Lakers began the final quarter with pride to make it 0-11 and salvage some hope with a 94-84 finish, but the truth is that every time Dallas accelerated, they ate the Lakers, Hardaway Jr. immediately took that approach. Despite Doncic still committing his fifth foul with 7:36 remaining, the local star trio didn’t let their guard down.
Austin Reeves committed Doncic’s sixth foul with 3:50 to play, but the referee who reviewed the play overturned the foul, calling it on Reeves, thus giving Doncic his elimination for 2 free kicks on the side. Changed. But regardless of whether the decision was debatable or not, Slovenian’s elimination would not have given the Lakers a chance to win.
The final result, 124–115, is misleading, as the Mavericks won 124–103 with little left. Pure Makeup ends up with 0-12.
After the game, the Mavericks were left with an 18–16 mark and the Lakers a poor 13–20.