The Los Angeles Clippers survived on Slovenian Luka Doncic’s 43 points on Tuesday to beat the Kawhi Leonard-led Dallas Mavericks.On a day in the NBA in which Steph Curry returned to play with the Golden State Warriors without being able to avoid a loss against the Phoenix Suns, and in which Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat set new free throw success records. match (40 out of 40).
76ers 147 – Pistons 116
In his return after missing three games, Embiid had a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes to lead the 76ers to their second straight game win against the Pistons.
Embiid was supported by James Harden, who contributed a triple-double of 16 points, twelve rebounds and fifteen assists against some Pistons for whom seven players in double figures were not enough.
Clippers 113 – Mavericks 101
Kawhi Leonard had 33 points and nine rebounds and, despite the loss of Paul George, managed to lead the Clippers on some Mavericks runs, with Doncic scoring twenty of his 43 points in the fourth period.
Doncic finished his game with 43 points, eleven rebounds and seven assists, but he missed helping his teammates. The Slovenian player was singled out in the fourth quarter and scored 20 of his team’s 23 points. The second best scorer for the Texans was Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 16.
Warriors 113 – Sun 125
Steph Curry returned after missing eleven games with a shoulder injury, but his 24 points, 16 of them in the fourth period, could not prevent a new home loss for the Golden State Warriors, this time to the Phoenix Suns (125–100). 113) against Chris Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
The Warriors suffered their third consecutive loss at the Chase Center after losing to the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, and surrendering to the Suns, led by Mikal Bridges (26 points) and Damian Lee (22).
Curry got off to a stellar start, scoring just eight points through three quarters, but his proud response in the fourth quarter gave the Warriors a stellar comeback after the Suns nearly pulled within 27 points.
Jazz 116 – Cavaliers 114
Mitchell made a big comeback in the early stages of the game in Salt Lake City to a standing ovation and 46 points on the court and seven 3-pointers, but the Cavaliers paid the price with an 0-13 loss in the final three minutes.
Jordan Clarkson had 32 points and Lauri Markkanen added a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds to relaunch the Jazz, who had lost seven games in their last eight games.
Heat 112 – Thunder 111
Without Tyler Herro or Bam Adebayo, Butler handily led the Heat to win with a layup and foul with 12.9 seconds left. The Miami leader scored an additional free kick and increased the balance in the duel to forty-forty, which is a record for the NBA.
Butler, a former Chicago Bulls and 76ers player, hit 23 of 23 free throws and finished with 35 points, matching his season high.
Raptors 132 – Hornets 120
The Raptors beat the Hornets with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from Pascal Siakam, with Spaniard Juancho Hernangomez contributing five points and five rebounds in 11:25 on the court.
The Hornets had 33 points from Terry Rozier with five triples and a double-double from LaMelo Ball for 24 points and fourteen rebounds.
Trail Blazers 106 – Magic 109
The Blazers lost their fourth straight game, their eighth in the Final Eight, this time at home to the Magic, in a duel in which they had the ball twice from 3-point range in overtime.
Franz Wagner contributed 29 and Italian Paolo Banchero contributed a double-double of 19 points and ten rebounds, including a spectacular one-handed dunk.