Luka Doncic (41-14-11) Shows Out With Triple-Double to Hand Nets 3rd Straight Loss (129-125, OT)
The early-season woes continued last night in Brooklyn as the Nets dropped their third straight to a scorching-hot Luka Doncic and the Mavs (129-125, OT). Doncic poured in 41 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals in a game where Kevin Durant (37) and Kyrie Irving (39) needed 76 points just to force overtime. Doncic shot 50 percent from the floor — so did his team — and the Mavs were 20-for-40 (50 percent) from 3-point range. The Mavs are just 2-2 to open the year, but Luka has scored 30-plus in all four games (averaging 34.7 ppg) while shooting 50 percent on the season. Thursday marked his first triple-double of the season, but it won’t be his last.
Other NBA Highlights
Kings Still Winless: The Grizzlies beat the Kings (125-110) to hand Sacramento (0-4) their fourth straight loss to open the season. Grizzlies’ sharpshooter Desmond Bane (31 points) hit six 3s, and the Grizz are now 4-1.
Dubs Down the Heat: Golden State got back in the win column with a double-digit win over the Heat (123-110) thanks to a big night from Steph Curry (33 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds). Curry canned seven triples (7-for-14), and he’s now hit 27 threes in four games.
The Clipper-Coaster Continues: Without Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ early-season struggles continued last night with a loss to the Thunder (118-110) in a game where L.A. overcame a double-digit deficit to take a double-digit lead, then fall behind by double digits once more. Both teams are now 2-3.
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