The excellence of Anthony Davis gave the victory to New Orleans in his duel against Dallas (114-112). The center of Chicago dictated its law in the interior of the area and reached extraordinary numbers: 48 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. And, to 43 seconds for the end, it obtained the two more one, the basket of two and the free shot with which the fault was punished to him and established the marker that no longer was going away to move. The Mavericks' attempts were no longer effective because Jrue Holiday put a stopper on Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith missed a triple.
The formidable performance of Anthony Davis left without a prize a new scoring record Luka Doncic. The Slovenian player managed seven triples and 34 points, two more than his previous stop, against the Clippers on December 20.
Doncic, who also had two rebounds and three assists, played more minutes of guard than base thanks to the reappearance of Dennis Smith, absent due to injury in the previous 11 meetings. Dennis Smith had 14 points, DeAndre Jordan, nine points and 15 rebounds, Harrison Barnes, 21 points.
Julius Randle, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday, with 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, made the great game of Anthony Davis good. Nikola Mirotic is still injured and could not play.
Russell Westbrook, with 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, the German Dennis Schröder, with 20 points and six assists and Abdel Nader, with 18 points, led to the triumph of Oklahoma City in Phoenix (102-118). Devin Booker, with 25 points and 10 assists, and number one in the draft Deandre Ayton, with 16 points and nine rebounds, were the most prominent in the Suns. Álex Abrines, sick, did not play.
LeBron James, injured on one hip, he could not play the Los Angeles classic and the Clippers outscored the Lakers (107-118). Lou Williams, with 36 points, and the Italian Danilo Gallinari, with 19 points and 10 rebounds, took the handle in the attack of the Clippers. The Lakers fell short despite 24 points and eight rebounds from Kyle Kuzma and 19 points and six assists from Lnzo Ball.
Denver continues leading in the West after beating San Antonio (102-99). Nikola Jokic regained his best numbers with 21 points, nine rebounds and as many assists, Jamal Murray scored 31 points, Beasley, 21, and Juancho Hernangómez He missed the four triples he threw and contributed six points, four rebounds and two assists. The Spurs put up a battle with 24 points and seven rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge, but DeRozan stayed at 15 points. Pau Gasol is still injured on one foot and has not played since November 4.
Toronto lost the lead in the Eastern Conference, now held by Milwaukee. The Raptors lost in Orlando (116-87). Nikola Vucevic was the Raptors' main executioner with 30 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists. Kawhi Leonard, with 21 points, and Serge Ibaka, with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks, they were the best in the Canadian team.
Charlotte, with 29 points from Kemba Walker and 19 from Lamb and Tony Parker, beat Brooklyn (100-87). Willy Hernangómez played 14 minutes and contributed three points and six rebounds. Jose Manuel Calderon got two points, two rebounds and seven assists in Detroit's loss to Indiana (125-88).