Luka Doncic, Mavericks bounce back from 1st loss to beat Hornets 124-118

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 23 points after a rare scoreless first quarter point and the Dallas Mavericks bounced back from their first loss with a 124-118 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

Grant Williams added 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and rookie Dereck Lively II had 15 points, 14 rebounds and a big fourth-quarter block.

LaMelo Ball scored 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of his first 30-point triple-double, getting 13 assists and 10 rebounds. But Charlotte couldn’t hold a 15-point first-half lead a night after rallying for a one-point victory at Indiana.

Doncic was 8 of 15 after his 0-for-4 start — but was 1 of 9 from long range — while finishing with 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Kyrie Irving had 18 points and 10 assists.


DETROIT (AP) — Kevin Durant had a season-high 41 points, Eric Gordon scored 21 points and short-handed Phoenix beat Detroit to snap a three-game losing streak,

Phoenix was without guards Devin Booker (calf) and Bradley Beal (back). Grayson Allen had 14 points and Josh Okogie scored 10 points, taking advantage of more playing time and shots with the standout guards out with injuries.

Cade Cunningham had 26 points, six assists and six turnovers for the Pistons, who have lost four in a row. Detroit coach Monty Williams faced his former team for the first time in the regular season after matching up in the preseason.

Pistons rookies Marcus Sasser scored a season-high 22 points and Ausar Thompson had 14 points while Killian Hayes added 13 points.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Cleveland beat Golden State to end a 16-game losing streak against the Warriors.

Darius Garland added 24 points and seven assists, Evan Mobley had 13 points and 16 rebounds and Max Strus scored 15 points for Cleveland, which had lost its first three home games. The Cavaliers beat Golden State for the first time since Dec. 25, 2016, spanning 12 regular-season and four playoff losses.

Stephen Curry scored 28 points and made seven of 11 3-pointers, and Draymond Green had 18 points and eight assists for the Warriors.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Scottie Barnes scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and had 11 rebounds and Toronto overcame a 22-point deficit to force overtime and beat San Antonio.

Dennis Schroder and O.G. Anunoby each had 24 points to help Toronto win for the first time on the road this season.

Keldon Johnson had 26 points, Zach Collins added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Victor Wembanyama had 20 points for San Antonio. The Spurs had won two in a row, both at Phoenix.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Desmond Bane had 30 points and Memphis beat Portland for its first victory in the first seven games of the season.

Jerami Grant led Portland with 27 points. The Trail Blazers had won three in a row.

Portland beat Memphis 115-113 in overtime Friday night in the first game for both teams in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament.



The Associated Press