153-149. Harden wins Doncic duel and Rockets comeback against Mavericks

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Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Jul 31 (EFE) .- The star guard James Harden began his career in the Orlando bubble with a scoring display of 49 points, which allowed the Houston Rockets to complete the comeback. against the Dallas Mavericks in overtime of the first season restart game for both teams.

The Texan duel had as its main protagonist Harden and the base Russell Westbrook, who did not show any type of aftermath after having tested positive for COVID-19, staying at the gates of a triple-double, and they were the executioners of the Mavericks, to which this time the contributions of the Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis and the Slovenian guard Luka Doncic were not enough.

Harden made 1 of 2 free throws before reserve point guard Trey Burke scored a triple that put the Mavericks to three points with 15 seconds left in overtime.

Again, Harden scored another free throw of the two he had, and Burke looked for another triple, but this time he didn’t go in and the Rockets’ star shooting guard was in charge of capturing the rebound and ensuring Houston’s victory.

During regulation time, the Mavericks won by three points and Harden scored the first of two personnel shots and the second, which did not go, forward Robert Covington patted and tied the score with 3.3 seconds left. .

Doncic tried the triple winner, but the ball did not go in and the game went into overtime.

Porzingis with a double-double of 39 points and 16 rebounds was the leader of the Mavericks, while Doncic finished with a triple-double of 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

The exmadridista’s game was too individual and ineffective in shots to the basket, he scored 11 of 27 field goals, and missed 8 of 9 triple attempts, in addition to adding eight turnovers.

Porzingis put the Mavericks four points up at the start of overtime, but the Rockets scored the next eight points, including five from Harden, and placed above the marker with a 147-143 partial.


The Latvian center made a three-point play, but Covington made a triple after missing the first eight he had and the Rockets again extended their lead to four goals, which they no longer allowed themselves to be snatched away.

Harden, who scored 23 points in the first quarter, outscored legendary ex-base Calvin Murphy as the second-highest scorer in team history, and is now only behind expivot Hakeem Olajuwon.

Westbrook contributed a double-double of 31 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, recovered two balls, and lost another six.

While Covington, although he did not have his best scoring inspiration, scored 13 points, after missing 10 of 14 field goals, including eight 3-point attempts, if he did a great job under the rings by capturing 11 rebounds and put four blocks that left him with a double-double.

Both teams combined for the highest score (85-75, Mavericks, leaders) at the end of a first half so far in the NBA season.

While the Mavericks tied the best mark for a first part in the history of the team.

Burke, who came out of reserve, emerged as the sixth player of the Mavericks, contributing 31 points, second highest scorer, after scoring eight triples of 10 attempts.

Puerto Rican point guard Jose Juan Barea did not play on the decision of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

Both teams will return to action on Sunday, when the Rockets face the Milwaukee Bucks and the Mavericks face the Phoenix Suns, rivals who have each won victories at the start.


The Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 119-112 and the Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 125-112.

(c) EFE Agency

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