LOS ANGELES – Luka Doncic scored 27 factors to outduel fellow Slovenian Goran Dragic because the Dallas Mavericks took benefit of some woeful three-point taking pictures by Miami to beat the Heat 93-83 on Friday night time.
Doncic additionally tallied 15 rebounds, outperforming compatriot Dragic who completed with 10 factors and 7 assists at American Airlines Center area in Dallas, Texas.
This was the primary time in three profession conferences that Doncic had beat guard Dragic, as Dallas snapped a six-game shedding skid to Miami.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle mentioned Doncic is starting to get into sport form.
“Luka’s going to get there,” Carlisle mentioned. “He’s busting his tail. He’s working hard. Everything for him now is trending in a good direction conditioning wise.”
In what seems to be a rising development within the NBA, Miami was undone by poor taking pictures from the three-point vary.
On Thursday, the New York Knicks shot three for 36 from past the arc in a 100-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Miami missed their first 14 three level makes an attempt, making a complete of simply seven of 33. The Heat did not hit their first three pointer till the third quarter when Duncan Robinson lastly sank one.
Dallas was 12 of 37 on three-point makes an attempt.
Heat star Jimmy Butler, who returned after lacking two video games due to a sprained proper ankle, scored simply two factors, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Miami’s Bam Adebayo produced his second straight double-double with 19 factors and 11 rebounds. He additionally had a game-high 4 steals.
Tim Hardaway scored 18 factors, and ex-Heat gamers Josh Richardson (11 factors) and James Johnson (eight factors) additionally contributed. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 within the win.
Elsewhere, De’Andre Hunter scored 23 factors, and Trae Young chipped in 21 because the Atlanta Hawks bounced again from giving up 145 factors of their final sport to beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 114-96 in New York.
The win comes two nights after Atlanta misplaced one of many highest scoring video games in latest NBA reminiscence, a 145-141 defeat to the identical Nets. The Hawks additionally snapped a six sport shedding skid to Brooklyn.
John Collins added 20 factors and eight rebounds, Clint Capela and Cam Reddish contributed 12 factors apiece as Atlanta drained 16 of 39 three-pointers.
“This really helps our growth to see the mistakes we made (in the last game) and play the same team, which is going to do similar things, and really learn from it,” Collins mentioned. “I feel that was it. We locked into the small things.”
The Nets hit simply seven of 37 three-point makes an attempt as they misplaced for the third time of their final 4 video games. They bought off to a roaring begin to the brand new season with spectacular victories over Boston and Golden State earlier than this newest wobble.
Kevin Durant paced the Nets with 28 factors on 10 of 21 taking pictures, whereas place to begin guard Kyrie Irving struggled by making simply eight of 32 pictures from the sector.
“We were scrambling,” mentioned Joe Harris, who scored 12 factors for the Nets. “We know what we have to clean up.”
In Texas, LeBron James completed with 26 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Anthony Davis had 35 factors and 11 rebounds because the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103.
The Lakers recorded their second win over San Antonio in three days, closing the competition with a 9-0 run.
Keldon Johnson had a career-high 26 factors and added 10 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan had 23 factors and 9 rebounds for San Antonio.