In a nail-biting NBA showdown, Luka Doncic and LeBron James showcased their prowess, each scoring 33 points, but it was Doncic's Dallas Mavericks who secured a narrow 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the Lakers' triumph in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament just days earlier, the Mavericks, led by Doncic's double-double with 33 points and 17 assists, disrupted the Lakers' momentum.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added a season-high 32 points for Dallas, while Anthony Davis led the Lakers' scoring with 37 points. The result halted the Lakers' four-game winning streak, marking a notable win for the Mavericks, even in the absence of the injured Kyrie Irving.
The game unfolded as a dramatic seesaw, with the Lakers overcoming a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and briefly taking the lead in the final seconds before halftime. However, Dallas responded resiliently, with Doncic orchestrating critical plays, including setting up Dante Exum for a season-high 26 points.
The Lakers' James narrowed the gap with a last-minute 3-pointer, but the Mavericks held on for the win. Doncic's exceptional performance marked his eighth consecutive game with 30 or more points, a remarkable feat considering his fatigue after playing the entire second half in the previous game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
LeBron James' son, Bronny, made his college debut after a cardiac arrest scare, showcasing a poignant moment for the James family. Meanwhile, the Lakers' four-game winning streak came to an end, placing them sixth in the Western Conference, while the Mavericks' fourth consecutive win elevated them to third, setting the stage for a challenging matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In a separate NBA matchup, the Golden State Warriors faced a 119-116 defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, with Draymond Green's ejection marking his NBA-high third ejection of the season. The Suns, led by Devin Booker's 32 points, secured the victory, while the Warriors' Stephen Curry contributed 24 points.
Additionally, the Boston Celtics maintained their unbeaten home record with a 120-113 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, courtesy of Jaysum Tatum's double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The LA Clippers continued their winning streak with a resounding 119-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings, propelled by Kawhi Leonard's 31 points in three quarters.