Milwaukee (14:54) – Brooklyn (35:32) 119: 116
A second straight loss to the East leader, who continues to look quite vulnerable in Orlando. The first half was characterized by a lot of threes – 24 in common – and with very few defenses, the Nets shot no less than 14 times (!) Off the arc and finished it with a 65:73 advantage. At the start of the third quarter, the gap grew to 65:76, but the Bucks did not give up and came back through their bench players, with the turnaround completed 5:30 minutes to go, with a three by DJ Wilson. Timothy Lowe-Grave took charge and brought Brooklyn back to 110: 115, two and a half minutes to the buzzer, with Garrett Temple’s jump, seven seconds to go, closing the gap. Lowe-Grave led with a career-high 26 points, Temple added 19. Yannis Antocompo had just 16 minutes left and responded with 16 points for Mike Bodenholzer, who shared the minutes among all of his roster players. Kyle Corber added 13.
Sacramento (39:28) – Dallas (29:41) 114: 110 (after overtime)
After two losses since returning from the league, Dallas came out on top behind Sacramento and scored its first win thanks to one man: Luca Doncic. The wonderful Slovenian starred with triple-double number 16 this season, and this time particularly monstrous. Doncic finished with 34 points, picked up 20 rebounds and also handed out 12 assists to rescue the seventh-ranked West from embarrassment. Kristaps Forzingis and Tim Hardway Jr. assisted the star with 22 points each. Sacramento recorded its third straight loss, despite 28 points from D’Arone Fox.