Nowitzkis best performance too little – Warriors lose top duel
With Dirk Nowitzki in the opening formation, the Dallas Mavericks have extended the defeat misery at the Utah Jazz – OKC were not enough 41 points from Russell Westbrook against Sacramento. And the champion lost the top game.
Despite Dirk Nowitzki’s best performance of the season, the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA have taken the next setback in the fight for the play-offs. The 2011 champion suffered his fourth consecutive defeat at the Utah Jazz with a 109:125 score. 40-year-old Nowitzki was in the starting line-up for the first time this season and scored 15 points on the floor in 25 minutes. With 26 wins in 33 defeats, the Mavs are only 13th in the West.
National player Dennis Schröder also missed out with Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC lost against the Sacramento Kings with 116:119, Schröder scored 14 points in 22 minutes. Also 41 points of superstar Russell Westbrook were not enough. With 38 wins from 59 games, the team is third in the Western Conference.
Daniel Theis also lost to the Boston Celtics. The record champion lost 116:126 at the Chicago Bulls, Theis contributed eight points and four rebounds. Fifth in the east, Boston is on a play-off course.
27 LeBron James points were not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers to win the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers lost 115:128, the German national player Moritz Wagner scored four points. The Lakers are tenth in the west and have to tremble.
The Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors 118-112 in the top game, although the Texan superstar James Harden missed the match for a short time due to flu and neck problems.
NBA, Saturday, 23 February
Philadelphia 76ers – Portland Trail Blazers 115:130
Atlanta Hawks – Phoenix Suns 120:112
Charlotte Hornets – Brooklyn Nets 115:117
Cleveland Cavaliers – Memphis Grizzlies 112:107
Washington Wizards – Indiana Pacers 112:119
New Orleans Pelicans – Los Angeles Lakers 128:115
Miami Heat – Detroit Pistons 96:119
Chicago Bulls – Boston Celtics 126:116
Oklahoma City Thunder – Sacramento Kings 116:119
Milwaukee Bucks – Minnesota Timberwolves 140:128
Golden State Warriors – Houston Rockets 112:118
Utah Jazz – Dallas Mavericks 125:109