The Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers had yet another heated matchup in the NBA and Dallas came out victorious once more.

Last time these two teams met in Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. had his tooth knocked out by Patrick Beverley. The Mavericks won that game, and they were victorious once again on Tuesday, claiming a 106-98 victory.

The Clippers did not turn the ball over much, but the opposition capitalised at all the right times. Dallas converted Los Angeles' eight turnovers into 23 points. 

Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points. Luka Doncic and Smith each chipped in 17 points. Smith had missed the past six games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. 

The Clippers were ice-cold, shooting just 36.3 per cent from the field. Beverley led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 points.

Dallas improved to 21-26 while Los Angeles dropped to 25-22.

 

Bagley brilliant on first start

Marvin Bagley led all scorers in his first career start, totalling 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' 120-105 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to help lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114.

Karl-Anthony Towns put up 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in a 118-91 blowout win for the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Phoenix Suns.

Josh Jackson scored a season-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds for the Suns.

 

Harris horrible for Clippers

Tobias Harris scored nine points on one-of-nine shooting for the Clippers.

Mikal Bridges scored seven points on three-of-11 shooting in Phoenix's loss.

 

Doncic keeps producing

Luka Doncic used a crafty behind-the-back dribble to find his way to the rim.

Westbrook tried to tear the rim down with a tomahawk slam.

Tuesday's results

Toronto Raptors 120-105 Sacramento Kings
Oklahoma City Thunder 123-114 Portland Trail Blazers
Dallas Mavericks 106-98 Los Angeles Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves 118-91 Phoenix Suns

 

Raptors at Pacers

Indiana are just behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors won their last game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 121-105, but the Pacers have been especially disruptive on the defensive end lately. Toronto are 2-0 against Indiana so far in 2018-19.

Allen Iverson thinks Carmelo Anthony deserves another chance to play in the NBA.

Anthony appeared in just 10 games for the Houston Rockets this season before he was traded to the Chicago Bulls this week.

But, Chicago do not plan to play the 34-year-old forward, either, as they will either waive or deal him before the trade deadline. 

Iverson – a 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee – wrote on Tuesday on Instagram he still believes Anthony can be a contributor.

"With all due respect, he can only make your team better," Iverson captioned a photo of Anthony.

Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during his time with the Rockets. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly could be interested in adding him if he clears waivers and they have an open roster spot.

The 10-time All-Star spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder before he was traded to the Hawks in mid-July in exchange for a package centred around Dennis Schroder. He was bought out by Atlanta, then signed with the Rockets.

Iverson, who last appeared in an NBA game in 2010, averaged 26.7 points per game over 14 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. He made 11 All-Star teams and won the 2000-01 MVP.

Iverson and Anthony were team-mates in Denver from 2006-08.

James Harden was disappointed to see Carmelo Anthony's short stint in Houston come to an end.

The Rockets announced Anthony's departure on Tuesday.

"Melo is one of the best to ever hoop. He loves the game of basketball," Harden told reporters on Tuesday, via ESPN.

"Some guys just do it just because they're gifted or they're athletic or they can shoot the basketball. There's not that many players that like, love to hoop ... It kind of sucks that it didn't work out. It is what it is. I just hope he finds somewhere where they can embrace him and he can still hoop. So he [gets to] make that decision that he's done [playing]."

The 10-time All-Star, as well as the rights to Jon Diebler and cash considerations, were sent the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic.

However, Anthony is not expected to play a game with Chicago, multiple reports stated.

He has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, but has also fielded multiple offers recently.

"I just want to see him hoop, see him happy, and I mean, he deserves it, honestly," Harden said. "Like, he's put so much time and effort into this game that he should be able to hoop and still have fun playing the game of basketball."

Anthony, 34, averaged 13.4 points in 29 minutes per game for the Rockets. He shot 40.5 per cent from the field and 32.8 per cent from three-point range.

LeBron James is unlikely to return for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, but Rajon Rondo could be back to help Luke Walton's depleted side.

Superstar James has missed 14 games since straining his left groin on December 25, with the Lakers going 5-9 since he and Rondo were injured.

Head coach Walton says James is making progress but does not foresee him taking to the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I haven't seen him do contact yet, so I don't feel as confident," Walton said after Monday's 130-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors. 

"But I know you know how serious he is about his rehab. So he's doing everything possible and we've talked. 

"I know he's dying to get back on the basketball court, but he also knows that getting healthy is the top priority. 

"So whenever that day comes, he'll be back out there."

Rondo has also missed 14 games since having surgery to repair a ligament in his right ring finger

"I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setbacks until then, but that will be something that we'll keep pushing him and we'll re-evaluate each morning," Walton added.

With Lonzo Ball also out for four to six weeks with a sprained ankle, Brandon Ingram started at point guard and had three assists but also two turnovers against the Warriors.

Speaking after the game, Ingram said he was was eager to see Rondo's impact - beyond his 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in only 14 of the Lakers' 48 games this season.

"It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor," Ingram said of Rondo. "It puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better."

New York Knicks star Enes Kanter expressed frustration at his reduced role in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, amid speculation the center is to be traded.

Knicks coach David Fizdale has demoted Kanter in favour of giving game time to second-year center Luke Kornet and rookie Mitchell Robinson.

It has been widely reported that the Knicks are planning to trade Kanter in order to free up salary cap space, with rumours of a lucrative move to bring Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant to the Big Apple continuing to surface.

And Kanter, who was on court for 19 minutes and contributed 11 points, voiced his frustration at his situation.

"I was very disappointed," he said in quotes reported by ESPN. "There was nothing to be happy about, so I'm not happy and I definitely don't agree with the decision, of course.

"I'm a player. We are competitors, so [we want to] play big minutes. If you look at the whole year, first 41 games, I did not miss a game. And they put me in fourth [in the] rotation [on Monday], it definitely hurts. It hurts a lot."

The loss to the Thunder marked the Knicks' sixth consecutive defeat after a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 4 ended another long losing streak.

Kanter, who is playing his second season in New York, has averaged 14.4 points and 11 rebounds this season. 

 

James Harden criticised the referees for letting the game "get out of hand" as the Houston Rockets fell to a disappointing 121-93 defeat at the Philadelphia 76ers.

For the 20th consecutive game Harden had a 30-point match, but it was a generally poor shooting performance from the Rockets.

Harden, though, felt the contest changed course towards the end of the second quarter, where he had issues with both Joel Embiid and Corey Brewer.

"Late in that second quarter [it changed], man, we let the game get out of hand," said Harden, in quotes reported by ESPN. 

"[The] referees let the game get out of hand. It's kind of hard to come back from a 15-point deficit - especially on the road against a good team.

"There were a couple [of] questionable calls that they got away with that changed the game, especially [when] we're already outnumbered a little bit. 

"We are trying to figure out a way to win the game, and I let it get out of hand. But, like I said, we'll figure it out."

Harden's remarkable streak of 30-point games means he joins the legendary Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to have a tally in the 20s.

Chamberlain had runs of 20, 25, 31 and 65 during his career and Harden is delighted to be in such esteemed company.

"Wilt was doing some obviously unbelievable things and numbers that nobody will ever catch," he added. 

"Just to be in the same conversation as those guys is just credit to the work I put in. That's what you play this game for, to be listed with those guys, those top players.

"Obviously, I got a long way to go, but this is a pretty cool beginning."

Klay Thompson described his record-breaking efforts in the Golden State Warriors' 130-111 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers as "just one of those nights".

The superstar shooting guard drained his first 10 three-point attempts at the Staples Center, the first time a player has achieved such a feat in the NBA.

Thompson did not miss from beyond the arc until there was just three minutes and 55 seconds to play in the third quarter.

In October, the four-time All-Star set the benchmark for most three-pointers made in a single game when he nailed 14 against the Chicago Bulls and Thompson reflected on another night to remember.

"It just happened to be one of those nights," Thompson said, in quotes reported by ESPN. 

"It was the best percentage I ever shot. But it just happened to be one of those nights, man. It's hard to explain."

Thompson finished with 44 points, with 23 of those coming in a third-quarter blitz, and head coach Steve Kerr hailed the 28-year-old's performance.

"Klay does that five or six times a season," Kerr said. "You guys have seen it. He just got red hot, white hot."

The Warriors were blown away by the Lakers 127-101 on Christmas Day and Thompson believes the memories of that defeat played a part against Los Angeles, who were without LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo.

"It definitely had an effect," Thompson said. "One thing about this game is we play these guys four times. 

"You do have to have a short memory because it's such a long season but when it's a beatdown like that, you're going to remember it."

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson had a shooting display to remember on Monday.

The 28-year-old guard set an NBA record by knocking down his first 10 three-pointers against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Thompson did not miss a shot from behind the arc until there were three minutes, 55 seconds to play in the third quarter.

He scored 23 points in the third quarter alone as the Warriors pulled away from the Lakers. Golden State went on to win 130-111.

Thompson also set the NBA record for made three-pointers in a game when he connected on 14 shots from behind the arc in a win against the Chicago Bulls in late October.

The guard entered the game against Los Angeles averaging 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was also shooting 36.5 per cent from three-point range.

The Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for Houston Rockets star James Harden in a huge win in the NBA on Monday.

While Harden managed to have his 20th consecutive game scoring 30 or more points, Philadelphia kept him under the dangerous 40-point mark and handed Houston their largest loss of the season, 121-93.

Joel Embiid finished with a team-high 32 points and 14 rebounds. He also played an important role on defense with Jimmy Butler sidelined because of a sprained wrist. Embiid finished with three blocks.

JJ Redick and Corey Brewer added 16 and 11 points, respectively. Landry Shamet had 18 points off the bench.

Harden scored 37 points in the Rockets' losing efforts. The 2018 MVP got off to a hot start and scored 27 in the first half.

The Rockets trailed by 15 points at the half and a 13-point performance in the third quarter put Houston in a deficit they could not bounce back from.

Gerald Green chipped in 18 points off the bench. Kenneth Faried added 13 in his first game with the Rockets.

 

Doncic dynamic but Mavericks lose

Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The 19-year-old rookie finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 116-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Klay Thompson set an NBA record in the Golden State Warriors' rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The four-time All-Star became the first player to make 10 consecutive three-pointers without a miss. He finished with 44 points in 26 minutes. Thompson was 17 of 20 from the field and 10 of 11 from long distance. Golden State went on to win 130-111.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell had 31 points in his team's 123-94 win over the Sacramento Kings. Russell shot 48 per cent from the field and 50 per cent from three-point range.

Nikola Vucevic used a double-double to help push the Magic ahead of the hosting Atlanta Hawks. Vucevic finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds in Orlando's 122-103 win.

Thunder forward Paul George had his second consecutive game scoring 31 points. The forward led Oklahoma City to a 127-109 win over the New York Knicks.

 

Cavs continue to crash

The Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Chicago Bulls moved them to 9-39. Starters Rodney Hood and Alec Burks did not provide much help in the 104-88 rout. Hood finished with just four points on one-of-eight shooting while Burks had a lone three-pointer in 17 minutes of play.

JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack scored little off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two finished minus-17 in Memphis' 105-85 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

 

Antetokounmpo welcomes Doncic

The Mavs rookie impressed, but Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure to give Doncic his own special welcome. Antetokounmpo had a game-high 31 points in the Bucks' win.

No one could stop Zach LaVine. He had a game-high 25 points in Chicago's first win in the new year, including a one-handed dunk.

Kyrie Irving tallied eight steals to go along with 26 points in the Boston Celtics' 107-99 win over the Miami Heat.

Monday's results

Oklahoma City Thunder 127-109 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 104-88 Cleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks 116-106 Dallas Mavericks
Washington Wizards 101-87 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 122-103 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 123-94 Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Pelicans 105-85 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 107-99 Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers 121-93 Houston Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors 130-111 Los Angeles Lakers

 

Clippers at Mavericks

When the Mavs host the Clippers on Tuesday, they will likely see the return of Dennis Smith Jr, who has missed the past five games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumours. He will join Doncic as they try to break Dallas' four-game losing streak. Los Angeles will enter the matchup off their first win in six games.

Jimmy Butler missed the Philadelphia 76ers’ game on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets with a sprained right wrist.

The 29-year-old forward originally suffered the injury in Philadelphia's 117-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last weekend.

He is listed as day-to-day and considered questionable for the team's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

"It isn't something that we are, or he is, worried about in the sense of this is a lingering, long-term thing," Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Butler is averaging 19 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28 games with the 76ers. He is shooting 47.5 per cent from the field and 38.6 per cent from three-point range.

Butler demanded to be moved away from the Timberwolves before the start of the season. Minnesota eventually sent him to the 76ers in mid-November in exchange for a package centred around Robert Covington and Dario Saric.

Philadelphia entered their matchup against Houston with a 30-17 record.

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with his display against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a thrilling 116-114 win against the Phoenix Suns thanks to Derrick Rose.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball will spend at least a month on the sidelines due to an ankle sprain.

Luka Doncic may have played for Real Madrid's basketball team, but the Dallas Mavericks rookie joked he needed to work on his "soccer skills" after being ejected for kicking the ball into the crowd.

The Slovenian teenager suffered a night to forget in an otherwise fine debut NBA campaign on Saturday, scoring just eight points on three-of-14 shooting before being ejected in the third quarter of Dallas' 111-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Doncic picked up one technical foul at the conclusion of the first half and was tossed from the game when he was awarded another technical for kicking the ball into the stands.

The 19-year-old, who played for Madrid in the EuroLeague prior to being drafted third overall in last year's NBA draft, explained he had merely been trying to flick the ball up to himself and was unaware that his act would result in an ejection.

"I was just trying to play soccer," Doncic told reporters.

"I didn't try to kick the ball out of the stands.

"For sure, I didn't know the rule if you go [and kick the ball] to the stands you are ejected.

"It's a different rule in Europe. I didn't know that was a rule.

"I wouldn't have been ejected for that, for sure, in Europe. I was trying to juggle the ball. I've got to work on my soccer skills!"

Doncic conceded his poor night had impacted him but vowed to learn from the incident.

"I wasn't playing good, for sure,” he added. "It's one of the [worst] games I’ve played, so yeah, I was frustrated before [the ejection].

"I know it was my fault. I learned a new thing today.

"Everybody does bad things in their life, so it's not going to stop me the next game.

"That's the good thing about the NBA. The next game is in two days, so just forget about it and move on."

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