Despite Kyrie Irving playing with a foot injury and the absence of Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks were able to pull off a victory on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.
By the end of regulation, the score was 109-105, giving the Lakers a four-point lead. Maxi Kleber ultimately made all three free throws after Anthony Davis committed a foul on him as he attempted a 3-point shot. The next possession saw Davis get a foul, which resulted in a split of his charity. It prepared Dallas’ Whirling Dervish for the game’s decisive play.
In the end, Kleber ended the game with 10 points despite only making one three-point shot. After 38 minutes of action, Irving finished with 38 points. This victory allowed Dallas to quickly grasp the sixth spot with a record of 36-35, tying them with the Golden State Warriors, who suffered a loss to the Atlanta Hawks today. The Lakers now have a history of 34-37, which is tied for 10th place with the Utah Jazz and guarantees them a position in the play-in round.
Today, DeMar DeRozan would not accept defeat for the Chicago Bulls under any circumstances. The Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in double overtime thanks to his season-high 49-point performance, which led to the Bulls’ victory.
At the break for the half, he scored thirty-four points for the team. Zach LaVine, who finished with 39 points, was an important contributor to DeRozan’s victory. Together, they scored 88 points, the highest points scored by a Bulls pair since Michael Jordan (69 points) and Horace Grant (16 points) combined for 85 points in 1990.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is going through the exact opposite of what is known as an existential crisis. According to what he said in an interview with The Athletic, he is well aware of his abilities and the transient nature of a successful sports career. In one of his remarks, he admitted that he did not possess the same level of natural talent as Kevin Durant or Stepha Curry, who are now in their 35th year and are still major stars in their respective sports.