everything was. Shots that came from within, others that forced overtime, two extra periods, revisions, almost three hours of play, incredible performances and of course a lot of controversy. The Lakers-Mavs was resolved in a controversial manner in favor of the Texans, but the reason was not unfair., Finally, 115-119 in a long-winded confrontation that once again had Luka Doncic as normal captain, who had a tired LeBron James, Russell Westbrook with best and worst and a performance of that The level of the Western Conference is not what it was. Angelenos lost their chances to join play-in, But they’re still in the fight despite their negative record (now 19-23)., The Texans, who ain’t crazy with 24-19, are placed in the top 4, thanks in large part to the performance of Doncic, who continues to go hand-in-hand with history and who boasts a very fair squad. Tries to lead as far as possible.
Most protested at the end of regulation time: Doncic kept the tie (101–101) with an extraordinary triple and the ball was for the Lakers with 6 seconds to go. LeBron enabled Troy Brown and he missed the triple, but received a strong slap on a block attempt by Tim Hardaway Jr., very clear., Despite gestures of disbelief from the local players, the referee did not say anything and everything started again. ,it’s clearer than water”, assured Darwin Hamm after the meeting. Doncic tied again, this time at 108, with another triple with 48 seconds to go in the first overtime… LeBron entered the last ring and protested again, Though this time Christian Wood’s stopper (unfathomable in this regard, it reached 5 caps) looked legit, Yes, there could have been a foul (in any case not compared to Brown’s previous one) with Wendell Carter Jr. in the fight for the rebound, but this was not even pointed out. And after missing two chances, what the Lakers lost was the game.
It was a titanic struggle of a party that was not so level-headed, nothing compared to the elite that had toasted the Eastern Conference in their first posts. Doncic scored 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists and had a special grudge against Westbrook, which was launched in the first overtime before the Slovenian was about to call a timeout in a very similar play in which Patrick Beverley injured Westbrook in the first round of the playoffs in 2013. Both players apologized, Tremendous gave Doncic two free throws (missed both), But controversy and tension mounted, including the prospect of seeing Jason Kidd holding his player As soon as he got foul.
Westbrook had a good game: 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals with only 3 turnovers. In 40 minutes, he shot a good 10 of 23 from the field, 3 of 6 from triples, a good game that was not his last shot. And in which LeBron was the hero too often and with little success in the final extension, which extended his participation to 46 minutes per game, too much whiplash for a 38-year-old in his 20th NBA season: 24+16+9, but a very poor 9 of 28 in shots and, above all, 0 of 7 in triples which was very painful in overtime, when he was tired and could no longer penetrate, And it was also a good representation of what the Lakers did in the struggle: 10 of 41 from the outside, a very poor figure that the Mavs didn’t improve much (14 of 42) and that showed the era’s worst triples. Of, of exaggeration and of failure everywhere.
The rest, a little bit of everything: a great match for Christian Wood (24+14+6), good in defense too (Kidd always said that), A 17+4+4 from Spencer Dinwiddie who made good decisions in overtime (in and in the post) and 3 of 11 on 22 triples from Tim Hardaway, On the Lakers, Kendrick Nunn (12) and Wendell Gabriel (14) contributed off the bench, taking over the center position from his starting counterpart in overtime, a Thomas Bryant who could have appeared in overtime but did so with 11+9. On 23 minutes, Darwin Hamm decided to book. The Lakers, who lost 19 points, had the game in hand and were very close to winning it.… But that foul wasn’t called on Brown and, most of all, a horrendous series of calamitous failures stopped Machada. Another story, same ending.