Luka Doncic scored a career-high 46 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 36 and the Mavericks overcame Zion Williamson’s career-best 36 points in a 143-130 victory over the visiting Pelicans on Friday night.
Doncic, who also had 12 assists and eight rebounds, connected on three of four Dallas 3-pointers in just 93 seconds as the Mavericks made 13 of their first 15 shots in the third quarter. The Mavericks matched their season best with a fourth consecutive victory and beat the Pelicans for the fifth straight time.
“Luka was phenomenal. KP was phenomenal. Williamson was ridiculous,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “The ESPN crowd got a real treat tonight in terms of entertainment, but it was a pillow-fight on defense.”
Williamson set a New Orleans franchise record by making all 10 of his shots in the first half and finished 14-for-15. His only miss was a wide-open 3 early in the second half.
Brandon Ingram scored 30 points for the Pelicans.
Lakers 115, Grizzlies 105: Los Angeles trailed by 15 after one period at home then won by putting up 41 points in the third period, when it outscored Memphis by 18. Anthony Davis had 35 points for the Lakers. Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 for Memphis.
Pistons 108, Celtics 102: Rookie forward Saddiq Bey scored 30 points, hitting his seventh 3-pointer with 39 seconds to play after host Boston had cut a 13-point fourth-quarter lead to three, and added 12 rebounds. Jayson Tatum scored 33 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics.
Jazz 129, Bucks 115: Rudy Gobert had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Utah beat visiting Milwaukee for its sixth straight victory. Joe Ingles tied his career high with 27 points, Donovan Mitchell had 26 and Jordan Clarkson 25 to help Utah...