LOS ANGELES – Luka Doncic tied three-pointers in the last seconds of regulation and in the first overtime for 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 119-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in double overtime on Thursday night.
Doncic marked his 56th career triple-double with that pair of three-pointers, and Christian Wood added 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Mavs’ fourth straight win over the Lakers. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points and eight rebounds for Dallas, and Spencer Dinwiddie scored twice late in the series in a 6-0 win, resulting in a double overtime.
Russell Westbrook had a season-high 28 points and LeBron James had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists for the Lakers, who lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak. Los Angeles fully recovered from a 19-point deficit and were on the verge of an unlikely victory, but could not match Doncic’s dramatic flair.
The Lakers took the lead after Dennis Schroeder’s layup with 1:31 left in regulation before Westbrook hit two free throws with 11.8 seconds left to go 101–98. Doncic calmly went past the perimeter screen and with six seconds to spare converted a tie three-pointer for his first field goal in the fourth quarter.
Troy Brown missed a three-pointer on the regulation buzzer without being fouled by what appeared to be a clear contact from Hardaway.
James converted two free throws and the Lakers went 108–105 late in the first overtime, but Doncic hit another 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left. Wood blocked James’ layup attempt shortly before the buzzer sounded.
Then Doncic gave the go-ahead in the middle of the second overtime. The Lakers have missed four of their last five shots and committed offensive fouls in the final two minutes.
James returned from a one-game absence with a sore left ankle and looked mostly upbeat, but the Lakers were still missing out on Anthony Davis, Lonnie Walker, Austin Reeves and Patrick Beverley. Injuries forced manager Darwin Ham to use his 23rd other starting lineup in 42 games this season, and second-round rookie Max Christie made his second career start.
Dallas had a 19-point lead, but the Lakers tied it early in the fourth quarter.
Mavericks: Dwight Powell played 18 minutes despite bruising his right hip on Tuesday against the Clippers. … Dorian Finney-Smith missed his 12th consecutive game with a right adductor sprain. … Maxi Kléber was sidelined with a torn right hamstring that ruled him out for a full month. … Davis Bertans received a technical foul off the bench in the second quarter for apparently over-celebrating Wood’s layup.
Lakers: Brown returned from a three-game absence with a strained right quad and scored eight points in 38 minutes. … Beverly was announced early this morning due to a non-COVID illness.
Mavericks: In Portland on Saturday.
Lakers: Sunday to host Philadelphia.
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