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1) No person desires to face Luka Doncic, Mavs in wide-open West

Discussions about which team could come out of the West concentrate on Golden State (in the event that they get healthy, flip the switch and begin determining the best way to win on the road), Memphis, perhaps Phoenix, or the Los Angeles Clippers (if L.A. gets healthy and has time to construct chemistry), and currently Denver (in the event that they defend).

Not Dallas. After losing Jalen Brunson within the offseason, the Mavericks are dismissed as a one-man show.

Oh, but what a show.

60 PTS
21 REB
10 AST

Luka Doncic is the primary player EVER in NBA history to record 60+ PTS, 20+ REB, and 10+ AST in a game.

Historic. pic.twitter.com/ik8MdBYbFR

— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2022

Against the Knicks Tuesday, Doncic reminded everyone why they don’t need to see Dallas within the postseason as he dropped a 60-point, 21-rebound, 10-assist triple-double.

That and a few true Luka magic sparked an insane Dallas comeback to get the win. Latest York had this game in hand: A Julius Randle lay-up put the Knicks up nine with :44.6 left in the sport. However the Knicks missed Brunson’s calming, stabilizing presence under pressure (he was out with a sore hip) and Luka sparked a 14-5 Mavericks run to finish regulation that included an intentionally missed free throw and putback by Doncic with :01 on the clock to force OT.

EVERY ANGLE of Luka’s RIDICULOUS game-tying putback bucket 🎬😱 pic.twitter.com/zVJAAKVw19

— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2022

Sometimes one photo, one image can sum up a complete game.

Luka and Thibs pic.twitter.com/0f3HF1gqAa

— David Mai (@dmai21) December 28, 2022

After the sport, Luka had the road of the night in his walkout interview: “I’m drained as hell. I would like a beer.”

Doncic was just 2-of-6 from 3, doing most of his work within the paint where he hit 16-of-18 for 32 points, plus drawing enough fouls to get to the road 22 times (making 16).
Latest York was short-handed — not only was Brunson out but they lost RJ Barrett to a right index finger laceration — but still must have closed this out. Quentin Grimes finished with 33, while Randle had 29 points and 18 rebounds.

In a wide-open West, perhaps we’re too dismissive of Dallas’ possibilities, although heliocentric offenses just like the Mavs are likely to struggle within the postseason. That said, no one desires to face Luka and the Mavs either.

2) Norman Powell reminds everyone he can still play in return to Toronto

Norman Powell entered the league in Toronto and spent five-and-a-half seasons there, where he was a preferred role player and won a hoop next to Kawhi Leonard. Tuesday night, for the primary time since then, Powell returned to Toronto and the fans and organization showed him the love.

Thanks for all the pieces, @npowell2404 🤝 pic.twitter.com/ffV8qCnj25

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 28, 2022

It’s all love for @npowell2404 in Toronto ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9p7Ma1rGyn

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 28, 2022

Powell has found a groove with the Clippers and in his return he placed on a show, scoring 22 points including dominating the top of the third quarter.

Think Norman Powell was excited for this game? Through 3, he’s got…

22 points 8-of-13 FG
2 steals 2-of-3 3PT

He scored the ultimate 11 points of the third quarter or the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/frBqP3Os2l

— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) December 28, 2022

That other former Raptor, Kawhi Leonard, played on this game and the Raptors showed him respect by doubling him much of the night, forcing the ball out of his hands, which is why he had just 15 points but in addition eight assists. Paul George and Ivica Zubac led the best way with 23 points, Reggie Jackson added 20, and Los Angeles got the 124-113 win.

Which brings us back to the wide-open West. Per week ago Memphis looked like perhaps the most effective team within the conference, but Tuesday night the Suns’ reserves were flexing on them and picking up the win. Anyone can seemingly beat anyone. No person is the clear team to beat (not the injured and stumbling Golden State Warriors). It’s anyone’s race to win.

Which could make the trade deadline out West very interesting, if a team decides to get aggressive.

3) Fully healthy Wizards end 76ers win streak at eight

The Washington Wizards were fully healthy. Finally and for the primary time this season… not less than until a frustrated Bradley Beal appeared to aggravate his hamstring again in the sport’s final minutes. There have been not plenty of details on that postgame.

But this primary game with the Wizards’ preferred starting five and bench rotation couldn’t have gone significantly better. Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and 10 boards going against Joel Embiid, Beal had 19, and Kyle Kuzma added 14. Finally with a full bench rotation, the Wizards won the bench scoring 43-16.

Joel Embiid continued his MVP-level run of play — 48 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals — but he didn’t get enough help outside of James Harden, who finished with 26 points and 13 assists.

48 PTS
10 REB

Joel Embiid passes Wilt Chamberlain for the 2nd most 40+ point games in Sixers franchise history. pic.twitter.com/XLoDqZAK4P

— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2022

We could talk in regards to the Wizards getting it together, but now there may be a recent Beal injury to watch and Kuzma thoroughly might get traded on the deadline. Washington continues to be 14-21 and looking out up on the play-in at once (the twelfth seed), they’ve plenty of work to do. But this was a high quality win.

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