Even without the injured Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving, Dallas basketball players resisted Memphis very well. The Grizzlies secured a 112:108 victory in the last minute. The two teams will meet again on Monday in Texas.
Irving missed Friday’s practice and then flew to Memphis, but watched the game at FedEx Forum from the bench. He played 41 minutes on Wednesday and felt pain in his left foot. Dončić injured his left hamstring in New Orleans, and the medical service will decide whether he will play for each game. Dončić and Irving played nine games together, but the Mavericks won only three.
Dallas fell to eighth place in the West with a half-time win (34-34). On Sunday, they can be caught by the LA Lakers, who, even without LeBron James, are on a winning streak after the team was aired just before the end of the transfer deadline.
Rookie Roddy shined in the last quarterThe unexpected hero for the Grizzlies was freshman David Roddy, who scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the final quarter. Desmond Bane led Memphis with 25 points. The hosts won the last quarter with 35:25.
Tim Hardaway led Dallas with 23 points, hitting four 3-pointers in eight attempts. Jaden Hardy started in the top five and contributed 22 points, Josh Green added 21.
Dallas squandered an 11-point leadIn a very even first half, neither team managed to break away. The Grizzlies went to the break with a six-point lead (56:50).
Hardaway scored 13 points in the third quarter and the Mavericks took the lead (77:83) after 36 minutes.
With a three-pointer ten minutes before the end, Josh Green gave Dallas the biggest advantage of the game (77:88). Memphis came back on the wings of Roddy (3/4 for three in the last quarter). Two minutes before the end, the result was tied at 104:104.
Bane scored the decisive three-pointerDesmond Bane hit a key three-pointer from the right side a minute before the end for 108:104. Reggie Jackson then lost the ball and Tyus Jones made four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the victory for Memphis.
Morant will not play next weekThe main topic in Memphis, of course, is still Ja Morant, who is the driving force of the team with averages of 27.1 points, 8.2 assists and 6 rebounds. A week ago, he posed with a gun on Instagram Live at a party in a Denver nightclub. The star will not return to the floor next week.
Kidd angry over playoff turnovers“After a poor third quarter, we urgently needed energy. I hit a few shots from distance and I got into a rhythm. I went for the mints without thinking, and that’s always the best decision,” smiled Roddy.
“We allowed ourselves too many turnovers in the playoffs. We also made too many personal mistakes in the last quarter. We had a good chance to win against an unfavorable away team. We didn’t play well in defense in the playoffs, and then we lost a few balls,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd emphasized.
Curry orchestrated the Warriors’ overtime victory in the showdown between the last two championsThe showdown between the last two champions at the Chase Center in San Francisco was extremely tense. Golden State beat Milwaukee 125-116 in overtime. Last year’s Finals MVP Stephen Curry was unstoppable in the final minutes of regulation and the extra five minutes. With 36 points, he orchestrated an extremely important victory for the Warriors in the battle for placement among the elite six in the West.
Joe Ingles gave Milwaukee an eight-point lead two minutes before the end of regular time (100:108) with his fifth three-pointer. Curry responded with two three-pointers from the right side, and then scored again from behind the line with 19 seconds left to force overtime (111:111). Milwaukee had a drive to win, but Curry blocked Jrue Holiday’s attempt. There were 1.9 seconds left on the scoreboard, but Draymond Green missed a nine-yard three-pointer at the buzzer.
In overtime, Curry scored nine points, while the entire Bucks team scored just five. Janis Andetokumbo, who missed a third straight game with right wrist soreness, was noticeably missing in key moments.
The atmosphere at the Chase Center in the final quarter and overtime was reminiscent of last year’s final. The Warriors were outrebounded 65-38, hitting 23 3-pointers to the Bucks’ 21. It was only Milwaukee’s second loss in the last 21 games.
Sacramento win at PhoenixPhoenix lost to Sacramento 119-128. The Kings finished the game with a partial score of 13:4. It was widely known that Kevin Durant, who will miss at least three more weeks due to a sprained left ankle, was missing. Devin Booker’s 28 points didn’t help either, as the Suns lost for the first time in four straight games.
Sacramento is on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Harrison Barnes scored 19 points, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk (4/6 for three) each added 18.
Tatum prevented Atlanta’s comebackAtlanta lost to Boston 125:134. Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 34 points in the final quarter as the Celtics held off a late Hawks surge. Trae Young was the best individual for the hosts with 35 points and 13 assists.
The Celtics were looking forward to their 47th win of the season and still have a chance to finish first in the East.
Matches on March 11: MEMPHIS – DALLAS112:108 (27:23, 29:27, 21:33, 35:25)Bane 25 (8/18 from the field, 2/5 for three), Roddy 24 (10/13 from the field, 4/7 for three), Jackson Jr. 14 (3/12 from the field, 0/5 from three), Tillman 12 and 8 rebounds, Jones 11 and 10 assists, Aldama 10, Brooks and Kennard 8 each, Morant did not play; Hardaway 23 (8/15 from the field, 4/8 from three), Hardy 22 (9/21 from the field, 3/9 from three), Green 21 (3/6 from three) and 10 rebounds, Wood 14, Bullock 7 , Bertans 6, Wright, Kleber and Powell 4 each, Holiday 3, Dončić and Irving did not play.
LA CLIPPERS – NEW YORK 106:98 Leonard 38 (14/22 from the field, 3/6 from the field), George 22 (10/21 from the field), 8 rebounds and 8 assists, Morris 11 (3/4 from the three), Gordon 10; Quickley 26 (3/8 for three) and 10 rebounds, Randle 19 (5/24 from the field, 3/10 for three), Barrett 11, Brunson did not play.
CHARLOTTE – UTAH 111:119Oubre 24 (7/20 from the field, 6/12 from the field), Rozier 22 (10/21 from the field), Washington 18 (4/8 from the three); Horton Tucker 37 (14/24 from the field, 2/5 from three), 10 assists and 8 rebounds, Kessler (16 rebounds) and Olynyk 17 each, Markkanen 13 (3/22 from the field, 1/9 from three) and 13 jumps.
DETROIT – INDIANA 115:121 Livers 18 (7/20 from the field, 3/10 for three), Hayes 17 and 13 rebounds, Duren (11 rebounds) and Wiseman each 16; Smith 20 and 9 rebounds, Nembhard (8 assists) and Jackson (11 rebounds) 19 each, Hield 17.
ORLANDO – MIAMI * 126:114Carter 27 (12/17 from the field) and 11 rebounds, Banchero (10 rebounds and 9 assists) and F. Wagner 17 each; Butler 38 (14/25 from the field, 2/5 for three), Adebayo and Herro 14 each. * – after overtime
ATLANTA – BOSTON 125:134Young 35 (12/27 from the field, 4/11 from three) and 13 assists, Bey 17 (4/7 from three), Hunter 16; Tatum 34 (12/25 from the field, 5/14 from three) and 15 rebounds, Brown 24 (10/18 from the field), Brogdon and White each 18.
HOUSTON – CHICAGO 111:119Smith 20 and 10 rebounds, Green 18; LaVine 36 (14/26 from the field, 3/8 for three) and 9 rebounds, DeRozan 27 (9/21 from the field, 2/3 for three), Vucevic 18 (4/7 for three) and 12 rebounds, Beverley 16 (4/5 for three) and 10 rebounds.
NEW ORLEANS – OKLAHOMA CITY 96:110McCollum 26 (8/20 from the field, 4/7 for three), Marshall (3/6 for three) and Murphy each 15; Gilgeous ALexandfer 35 (11/23 field goals, 13/13 free throws), Giddey 19, Jal. Williams 17.
GOLDEN STATE – MILWAUKEE * 125:116Curry 36 (13/27 from the field, 6/15 from three), Thompson 22 (4/9 from three), DiVincenzo 20 (6/12 from three) and 10 rebounds, J. Green 18 (4 /6 for three), Poole 13; Middleton (3/4 for three) and B. Lopez scored 19, Holiday 18 (7/22 from the field, 4/11 for three), Ingles (5/6 for three) and Portis (13 rebounds) each had 15, Andetokumbo and Dragić did not play.* – after overtime
PHOENIX – SACRAMENTO 119:128 Booker 28 (11/19 from the field) and 8 assists, Ayton 22 and 12 rebounds, Ross 18 (4/10 from three), Paul 16 (6/13 from the field, 2/9 from three) and 16 assists, Okogie 15 (3/6 for three), Durant did not play; Barnes 19, Fox (8/22 from the field) and Monk (4/6 for three) each had 18, Sabonis 17 and 8 rebounds.
Matches on March 12:DENVER – BROOKLYN CHARLOTTE – CLEVELAND PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON NEW ORLEANS – PORTLAND SAN ANTONIO – OKLAHOMA CITY LA LAKERS – NEW YORK