New night of offensive festival of LeBron James (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Nets), the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) and the Slovenian Luka Doncic (Mavericks). All four guided their respective teams down the path to victory in the NBA.
Once again, LeBron took the Lakers on his shoulders in a 128-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, this time with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Along with LeBron, center Montrezl Harrell shone, scoring 21 points off the bench in 25 minutes. The also Spanish center Marc Gasol added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
For the Thunder, only four players had double-digit scoring, but none exceeded 17 points, a figure added by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Durant, 26 points
In Brooklyn, the local Nets beat the New York Knicks 116-109, thanks to another excellent performance by Kevin Durant, who had 26 points. Durant led seven players with double figures, followed by Joe Harris and Bruce Brown, both with 15 points each, but the latter also with 14 rebounds. Tomothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Landry Shamet each had 13 points, despite coming off the bench.
For the Knicks, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson with 30 points the first and 10 with 12 rebounds the second, were the most outstanding.
Antetokounmpo, 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
In Detroit, Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Pistons on the road for the third time this month, 110-101. This was Antetokounmpo’s 20th ‘triple-double’ in his career. His teammate Jrue Holiday had 21 points.
Cuban-American Brook Lopez scored three baskets from outside the paint in the first quarter as the Bucks added seven of 11 shots from long range. The Bucks continued during the second period with the same pattern to go up 52-29, thanks also in that stretch to 11 triples (33 points).
Doncic, 34 points and 13 rebounds
In Charlotte, Luka Doncic of Slovenia finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the Dallas Mavericks beat the local Hornets 104-93. The Slovenian also set the best record of his career with four blocks in a match. His teammate, Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, scored 16 points in the game that marked his return from a knee injury.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points to help Rick Carlisle become the 16th manager in NBA history with 800 wins. The Mavs have won four games in a row, after starting the season with a negative 2-4 record.
Terry Rozier added 18 points to lead the Hornets, who were only able to score 38 percent of field goals and saw a four-game winning streak snapped.