In the NBA league, five games were played on the night from Sunday to Monday, and in one of the most interesting games, the Portland Trail Blazers won over the Dallas Mavericks on the wings of a cheerful Damien Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic.
These two teams met the day before, and just like then, the victory was won by the Blazers in last night's duel. Although Dallas was weakened by not playing the best player Luka Doncic, they put up a very good resistance and tormented Portland until the last quarter.
In the last ten minutes, the Blazers picked up the pace and ended the quarter with +14, which was enough for the final victory with a score of 140:123.
Lillard with 40 points
In the ranks of the winning team, the most effective player was Lillard with 40 points, and Jusuf Nurkić added 20, with excellent shooting percentages.
In addition, he recorded four rebounds and the same number of assists. “Any time you're coming off a tough stretch of games where you're losing, you're just searching for a win. We got one last night, a really good win," Lillard said, per ESPN.
"It's always tough to beat a team twice. They had a couple of guys out, but we still had to be sharp and locked in mentally regardless of who was out there”. “It comes down to our defense. We’ve got give a better effort, unless we’re just going to be an offensive team where we're just going to try and score 140 every night,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said.
“We’re definitely happy to have Nas back. We haven’t had a lot of practice time to execute practice together. But it’s good to have him back, for sure,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. In the second derby, Philadelphia defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in California with a score of 113:112.
It was a completely equal game in which both teams had the imperative to win, and the guests achieved the minimum victory on the wings of Joel Embiid, who finished the match with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Along with him, James Harden achieved a double-double performance of 24 points and 13 assists, while on the other side, LeBron James was the most effective with 35 points.
Denver Nuggets over Orlando, Sacramento Kings over Spurs also won. The biggest surprise of the night was Oklahoma's victory over the Nets.