NBA: frustration with the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic, Mavs crisis worsens after crime

The Dallas Mavericks’ crisis has continued against the Washington Wizards as well. A 40-point game by Luka Doncic is not enough to prevent the seventh defeat in nine games – frustration is spreading among the Mavs. Meanwhile, Isaiah Hartenstein shines in the Knicks victory with good plays in crunch time.

The Boston Celtics collapse completely in the fourth quarter against Miami. Returnee Nikola Jokic saves the Nuggets, the Suns have an easy game and Indiana ends the bankruptcy series with a monster comeback.

Indiana Pacers (24-25) – Chicago Bulls (22-25) 116:110 (BOXSCORE)

  • The Pacers went into this duel with the rising Bulls with seven straight losses behind them (three wins in a row), again missing the team’s top player in Tyrese Haliburton and then Chicago running in with a 21-point lead the first half of it. And yet at the end of the day in Indianapolis you only saw smiling faces on the home side.
  • In the second part of a back-to-back, the Bulls let the much more aggressive Pacers take the butter off their bread after the break. After three quarters Indiana was within striking distance again, in the middle of the fourth quarter they had the lead again for the first time – and then Bennedict Mathurin came along.
  • The rookie sank a crucial pullup three-pointer to put the Pacers back one minute before the end. On a Bulls response, Mathurin followed up with a layup, then Indiana took the win off the line. The 20-year-old scored 15 of his 26 points in the final period while Myles Turner scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half. Buddy Hield helped with 19 points and the strong TJ McConnell with 20 and 10 assists.
  • The Bulls, on the other hand, had little to report in the last round (23:36). DeMar DeRozan was clearly the best player among the guests with 33 points (14/21 FG), followed by Nikola Vucevic (20, 8 rebounds, 5 assists). It was a used night for Zach LaVine, his jumper didn’t want to fall at all (0/7 threes, 4/14 FG) and he finished the game with just 14 points.

Miami Heat (27-22) – Boston Celtics (35-14) 98:95 (BOXSCORE)

  • That was a fourth quarter to forget for the East Primus. Although Boston was up to 14 points ahead at times, the Celtics conceded their second bankruptcy in a row. The offense almost completely disappeared in the final section, which Bam Adebayo and the Heat took advantage of. The Big put up 30 points, 15 rebounds and the game winner.
  • Boston were without Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon, with Jayson Tatum making up for it in the first 36 minutes. With a 13-0 run at half-time, the guests seemed to take control, Tatum had 28 points after three quarters and Derrick White had 23. The latter didn’t add any points at all, Tatum only had 3 more points (31 total, 14 rebounds and 7 assists).
  • The Celts were completely cold in the middle of the final section. They went without a point of their own for more than six minutes, and Boston scored a meager 24 percent from the field in the last round. On the other hand, Adebayo and Haywood Highsmith (15, 10 rebounds) did better, while Tyler Herro had problems (9, 4/19 FG). Miami was also missing an important starter, Jimmy Butler had to pass shortly before tip-off due to back problems.
  • Nevertheless, the Heat turned the game around with a 15:0 run. Grant Williams leveled from downtown in the last minute, but Adebayo responded with an elbow jump. Tatum then made a dangerous cross-court pass from the double team, which was intercepted – Turnover Boston. Although Payton Pritchard (10, 2/9 threes) got one last chance to equalize with 0.6 seconds on the clock, his attempt was clearly too short.

New York Knicks (26-23) – Cleveland Cavaliers (29-20) 105:103 (BOXSCORE)

  • Julius Randle’s 36 points and 8/12 threes (career high set) catch the eye first, but the unsung hero of the game was Isaiah Hartenstein. The German Big cleared Donovan Mitchell twice in the final minute, including his last drive with the game on the brink. Although the offensive rebound landed again at Cleveland and Evan Mobley had the chance to extend, his jumper only landed on the ring – the first Knicks victory after four bankruptcies in a row.
  • “That’s why I came here. I know myself. I’m not playing as well as I should. I’m letting the fans and the city down a bit. But I’ll keep getting better because I know I can do it,” he said Hartenstein after the game in which he put up 4 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Although the center came off the bench, coach Tom Thibodeau trusted him in the crunch time.
  • Randle, RJ Barrett (16), Jalen Brunson (14, 4 assists) or Obi Toppin (11, +12) had previously given the Knicks a small advantage on several occasions, but New York was up +8 eight minutes before the end. But the Cavs backcourt brought the guests back again. Two minutes before the end, Randle brought the Knicks from downtown to winning ways, Mitchell was not only disturbed twice by Hartenstein, but also blocked a third time by Barrett.
  • So Cleveland scored only 3 points in the last three and a half minutes, that wasn’t enough. Mitchell led his team with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals but was only off the field on 9/24. After his last unsuccessful layup attempt, he stayed on the ground for a long time with a pained face, probably due to cramps. Jarrett Allen collected a strong double-double (24, 12 rebounds), Darius Garland still had 22 points and 6 assists. The Cavs have now lost three of their last four games.

New Orleans Pelicans (26-22) – Denver Nuggets (34-14) 98:99 (BOXSCORE)

  • After a two-game break, Nikola Jokic is back – and how! The MVP candidate shook the next triple-double out of his sleeve and put the icing on top with the game winner. However, after a long dominant performance, Denver had to tremble again in the end.
  • The guests had a lead behind them for almost the entire game, and from the middle of the second quarter this was largely quite comfortable. Even with Jokic on the bench, Denver extended the lead that was as high as 19 points. However, the decimated Pelicans – again without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram – stormed back again in the final section. It went to the Pelicans at 24:16.
  • With a minute left, Jose Alvarado leveled the Pels to -1, then Willy Hernangomez turned the game around from the free-throw line. But Jokic had the last word, turning the Pick’n’Roll with Jamal Murray into a buttery floater. The Pels still had three chances to win thanks to several offensive rebounds in the last 16 seconds, but they all missed them.
  • The stats noted 25 points (11/15 FG), 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the joker, Murray provided good support with 25 points and 7 assists. Alvarado had a big part in the Pelicans comeback with 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum was the team’s top scorer with 20 points, but nothing worked from a distance (9/22 FG, 0/8 three). New Orleans has now lost five games in a row.

Dallas Mavericks (25-24) – Washington Wizards (21-26) 126:127 (BOXSCORE)

  • Tenth game of the season with 40+ points, a thriller right into the final seconds and a torn jersey: That was Luka Doncic’s record at the end of the seventh Mavs bankruptcy from the past nine games. The frustration was great for Doncic and the Mavs, who initially missed a free throw in crunch time and couldn’t get rid of a throw in the last attack.
  • The two offensives were in focus throughout the game, neither team was able to gain a double-digit lead. Accordingly, it remained tight until the final minutes. However, Bradley Beal had a mixed crunch time, Doncic stole the ball from him in the final minute and had the chance to lead the Mavs from the Charity Stripe – but he only hit one of his two attempts, so his jersey had to believe it.
  • With the score even, Kyle Kuzma pulled a foul at the other end against a doubles team that survived a coach’s challenge. The Wizards forward also showed nerves and also only hit a free throw. Dallas couldn’t punish that, the Mavs couldn’t even get one last chance to win in the last attack. First, the Wizards deflected a pass, then Dallas ran almost exactly the same inbounds play again and Washington finally grabbed the ball and the win after the renewed double team.
  • Doncic’s 41 points (16/29 FG, 0/4 three, 9/12 FT), 15 rebounds and 6 assists were not enough. Dwight Powell had 22 points left, Spencer Dinwiddie against his former team 20 and 8 assists, Josh Green from the bench 16. Tim Hardaway Jr., on the other hand, had a pitch-black day (5, 1/7 threes). Kuzma was the Wizards’ top scorer with 30 points, while Beal had 22 points. Kristaps Porzingis missed his first return to Dallas with an ankle injury, but he still enjoyed a video tribute and light applause from Mavs fans.
  • Dinwiddie summed up the frustration in Dallas after losing to his ex-colleagues, with whom he didn’t break up well: “It’s just a showcase for them. They’re playing to get paid, not for it For a team that has real ambition, an MVP and made the Conference Finals last season, we have to be better to the last man.” Doncic meanwhile took responsibility for the defeat, the reason for this was his missed free throw and his turnover.

NBA: The other games of the night:

Phoenix Suns (25-24) – Charlotte Hornets (13-36) 128:97 (BOXSCORE)

Los Angeles Lakers (22-25) – LA Clippers (25-24) -:- (BOXSCORE)

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