Luka Doncic and James Harden put on a playmaking party last night in Houston. As far as the winner’s side, Doncic continued to impress with an efficient 20 points on 11 shot attempts.
Harden led both teams outright in points (25), rebounds (11), assists (17) and steals (6), but the Rockets fell 128-108 to the Mavericks, losing their fourth straight game. Remarkably, at 9-11, Houston is second to last in the Western Conference standings a season removed from finishing with the best record in the NBA. Houston is now 1-7 when either Chris Paul or Harden sits (0-5 without Paul) and 8-4 when both play this season.cheap official nike nfl jerseys
Harden picked up his 36th career triple-double, seven back of Fat Lever for eighth all-time, but also added eight turnovers. Harden has 35 turnovers in his past four games, the most by any player in any four-game span on record (first tracked in 1977-78). Bob McAdoo held the previous distinction, with 34 turnovers in a four-game span back in January of 1978, per Elias.
Harden is averaging 38.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 12.8 APG in Houston’s past four games and they’ve lost them all. Harden’s fantasy managers, however, stay winning.
The performance marked Doncic’s 10th 20-point performance in his 19th career game, becoming the fourth player with 10 20-point games within his first 20 career games during the past 10 seasons. The other three eventually won Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard.
With an impressive slash of 19.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 2.5 3PG and 1 SPG as a 19-year-old import to the league, we find only Paul George currently matching Doncic’s production in each of these categories this season. Meanwhile, Doncic is the lone rookie on record to produce that many points, assists, rebounds and 3-pointers.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap
With Doncic universally rostered in ESPN leagues, it’s worth noting just how effective Dallas’ bench mob has proven this season. For instance, J.J. Barea is averaging 17 PPG, 9.0 APG, 1.3 3PG and 1.0 SPG during his past three outings, all wins for the Mavs. Barea is available in roughly 85 percent of ESPN leagues as of Thursday morning. Going a bit deeper into Dallas’ rotation, we find one Maximilian Kleber, who is one of just seven players averaging at least one made 3-pointer and 1.3 blocks per game this season. Wesley Matthews, for his part, is tied with Devin Booker and Danilo Gallinari with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game.