Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis dominated as Dallas Mavericks kicked off the second half of the NBA season by rallying to beat San Antonio Spurs 115-104 on Wednesday.
The usual suspects stood out for Dallas as Slovenia’s Doncic posted his 33rd triple double of his career, and Porzingis, of Latvia, tallied 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Lone Star State showdown in Dallas, Texas.
Doncic’s eighth triple-double of the season consisted of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as the Mavs picked up where they left off before the All-Star break by winning their fourth straight game and 11th of the past 14.
Former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 30 points and dished out 11 assists for the Spurs. The Spurs missed 11 consecutive shots in the final eight minutes before DeRozan sank a meaningless jumper with just under a minute left.
Also, Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 29 points and equalled a season-best 20 rebounds to power the Memphis Grizzlies to a 127-112 win over the Washington Wizards in Memphis.
Valanciunas shot 12-of-21 from the floor en route to his 21st double double of the season for the Grizzlies, who had a half dozen players score in double figures.
Ja Morant finished with 21 points and 10 assists, and rookie Desmond Bane added a career-high 20 points in the win as Memphis has now won three of their last four games.
Bradley Beal, who represented Washington in Sunday’s All-Star Game, made just six of 22 shots from the field but still finished with 21 points.
The Wizards have now lost for the third time in four games after charging into the break by winning eight of 11.
Veteran Russell Westbrook, in his third team in the past two years, had 20 points and 10 assists for his 13th straight double double.
The scores: Dallas Mavericks 115 bt San Antonio Spurs 104; Memphis Grizzlies 127 bt Washington Wizards 112.