Age: 29 Height: 6-5 Weight: 220 lbs School: Arizona State
This might have been the most bonkers game the Mavericks have played this year. Dallas started the game well by getting James Harden to commit three fouls in the first eight minutes of the game. The game was chippy and tight but neither team was able to stretch their lead to more than 8 throughout the
Luka Doncic and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece as the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 35-point night from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 107-104 on Saturday. Slovenian rookie Doncic started slowly but caught fire late in the fourth, scoring 11 consecutive points to erase an eight-point Houston lead as the Mavericks recorded their ninth straight win at home. Doncic, 19, made a floater to tie the contest 102-102 late in the fourth after Chris Paul had missed two free throws.
Doncic was 3 of 13 before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to get Dallas within two. After Chris Paul missed two free throws, Doncic hit a floater in the lane for a tie, then followed an air-ball 3 from James Harden with another from long range for a 105-102 lead. It was 26th lead change.
At nearly a third of the way through the season, the Rockets are lost. Eric Gordon isn't having fun. Chris Paul is frustrated. James Harden isn't close to being as efficient as he was when he was the MVP. Mike D'Antoni is scratching his head. The Rockets still feel they are not the team that
James Harden insists he is "not concerned at all" about the Houston Rockets despite another dismal quarter in defeat to the Utah Jazz on Thursday. The Rockets were outscored 17-9 by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter en route to a road loss on Monday and a 12-minute spell again cost Houston in Salt Lake City, going down 38-11 in the third as the Jazz coasted to a big 118-91 win. Asked for his analysis of the decisive third quarter, he added: "[The Jazz] got off to a really good third quarter.