Los Angeles Clippers, with a Norman Powell who scored 22 of his 32 points in the last periodcame back 18 points on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers and won 118-112, in an NBA day in which the Slovenian Luka Doncic sealed a triple double of 41 points, twelve rebounds and twelve assists against the Golden State Warriors.
TRAIL BLAZERS 112 – CLIPPERS 118
Without Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, the Clippers gave a test of strength in the first of three meetings with the Trail Blazers, coming back from 18 points behind led by Norman Powell’s 32 points, on a brilliant 10 of 16 shooting.
The Clippers trailed by 12 points early in the fourth quarter, but Powell put in an extraordinary performance, scoring 22 of the 36 points for the Angels, who conceded just 17.
He was supported by a great double double of 24 points and twelve assists from Reggie Jackson, with seven rebounds and some spectacular acrobatic plays.
The Croatian Ivica Zubac, who had achieved a double double of 31 points and 29 rebounds last Sunday, achieved another double double, this time less bulky, with 12 points and thirteen rebounds.
The Clippers frustrated the great personal night of Anfernee Simons, who had 37 points, with nine triples. Jerami Grant also excelled, with 32 points and five triples, without a prize.
MAVERICKS 116 – WARRIORS 113
Luka Doncic achieved a triple double of 41 points, twelve rebounds and twelve assists in the Mavericks’ 116-113 victory against Steph Curry’s Warriors, and equaled, at just 23 years old, the German Dirk Nowitzki with 20 games with more of 40 points in the Texan franchise.
Doncic achieved the fifth triple double of his season and won the particular duel against Curry, who finished with 32 points and five triples.
At 23, Doncic matched a Mavericks legend in Nowitzki, who reached 40 points 20 times in his 21 seasons in Texas. The Slovenian did it in his fourth year and is two games away from the absolute record of Mark Aguirre, active in the 80s and 90s.
He was accompanied by Tim Hardaway Jr, with his best game of the season. He had 22 points, including five 3-pointers, while Spencer Dinwiddie was ejected for a flagrant foul early in the fourth quarter.
The current champions lacked success from the triple, only eleven of 25, and the second best scorer was Jonathan Kuminga, with 14 points. Klay Thompson did not go beyond five points and missed the last triple, which could force overtime.
PISTONS 110 – KNICKS 140
The Knicks left behind the defeats against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers with a solid victory in the field of the Pistons, bottom teams in the East, led by Julius Randle’s 37 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Pistons, the worst team in the NBA with a record of 5-18, had a group of seven players above 10 points, led by Isaiah Stewart’s 10.
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NBA summary: the Clippers trace back 18 points to the Blazers and Doncic seals triple double