Melo’s WILD 23-pt quarter blitz makes history; OT madness as Wemby wows again — NBA Wrap
LaMelo Ball couldn’t have done much more.
The Charlotte Hornets superstar exploded with a 30-point triple-double, but his side still narrowly went down to the Mavericks in Dallas 124-118 on Monday (all times AEDT).
It included Ball scoring 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter alone on 8-for-9 shooting (5-for-6 from downtown) to try and will the Hornets home, but the visitors’ comeback bid came up short.
With it, Ball joined Anthony Mason and Baron Davis as the only players in Charlotte history to post a 30-point triple-double, with Davis most recently doing so in 2002.
Ball’s full line included 10 rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and a block before he fouled out with 2.8 seconds left in the ball game when it was all but over.
Mark Williams posted a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double and PJ Washington added 20 points for a Hornets team that was missing Terry Rozier as it fell to 2-4 on the season.
Luke Doncic (23 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists), Kyrie Irving (18 points, 10 assists) and Derek Livel (15 points, 15 rebounds) led the way for the Mavericks and Josh Green put up seven points in 24 minutes off the bench,
Dallas improved to 5-1 overall in the franchise’s best start to a season since 2004/05.
SPURS BLOW 22-POINT LEAD AS WEMBY WOWS AGAIN
The San Antonio Spurs blew a 22-point lead in a 123-116 overtime loss to the Scottie Barnes-led Toronto Raptors as Victor Wembanyama continued his epic start to his career.
The Spurs had all control in the first half including 54-32 just before half-time and even being up by as much as 15 at the end of the third.
But Toronto went on an absolute surge in a dominant 39-24 final quarter, culminating in OG Anunoby’s put back shot forcing OT at 110-110.
The Raptors took that form into the extra period, pushing ahead by six after consecutive buckets to Anunoby and Poetl.
Anunoby and Barnes iced the win with free throws inside the last 16 seconds.
Barnes was his side’s best in a massive outing, racking up 30 points, five triples, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, while Anunoby and Dennis Schroder chipped in 24 points apiece.
Wembanyama meanwhile tallied 20 points, two threes, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks including several exciting plays, particularly on the defensive end.
With it, Wembanyama became the first San Antonio rookie with 20 points and five blocks in a game since Tim Duncan, per StatMuse.
Not bad company for the French phenom.
Keldon Johnson’s 26 points led the way for San Antonio, who was without Devin Vassell (groin), and Zach Collins added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The result saw Toronto improve to 3-4 overall, while San Antonio had its two-game winning streak in Phoenix snapped.
Kevin Durant scored 41 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over Detroit and former Suns coach Monty Williams on Monday, while Cleveland Cavaliers sparkled as well, snapping a 12-game regular-season losing streak to Golden State dating to Christmas 2016.
Durant added five assists, four rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal to power the Suns past the host Pistons 120-106.
“He was terrific, scored the ball every way you can, really wants it,” Suns coach Frank Vogel said.
“Just a really terrific performance. He’s really good at basketball and he showed it tonight.”
The Suns outscored Detroit in every quarter as Eric Gordon contributed 21 points and eight assists for Phoenix, which snapped a three-game losing skid.
“We’re excited because we finally got a win,” Durant said.
Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 26 points in the first regular-season matchup between the Suns and their former coach Williams.
After Williams was fired as the Suns’ coach following a second-round playoff exit last season, Detroit signed him to a six-year deal worth $78.5 million.
The Suns were without Bradley Beal, sidelined by back spasms, and Devin Booker, out with a calf strain.
At Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Darius Garland added 24 to power the Cavaliers over Golden State 115-104.
“The biggest thing for us is that we put together a full game,” Mitchell said. “We fought hard. That’s a tough team. They have a lot of guys who have won championship rings and we’re trying to get to that level. We’ve got to continue this momentum.”
Evan Mobley added a game-high 16 rebounds for the Cavs.
“He was dominant,” Mitchell said.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, hitting 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range, while Draymond Green added 18 points for Golden State, which saw a five-game win streak ended.
ALL CURRENT RESULTS
SUNS 120 PISTONS 106
RAPTORS 123 SPURS 116 (OT)
WARRIORS 104 CAVALIERS 115
HORNETS 118 MAVERICKS 124
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