Russell Westbrook just wasn’t feeling it Sunday.
The Thunder fell to the Mavericks 105-103 and Westbrook was ice cold from the floor.
The former MVP flirted with his normal triple-double, but he put on a 4-of-22 shooting performance. Westbrook recorded nine points, eight assists and nine rebounds. Paul George outperformed Westbrook by pouring in 36 points.
Luka Doncic paved the way to victory for Dallas. The rookie scored a team-high 25 points. DeAndre Jordan’s 17-rebound double-double was crucial for the Mavericks, as well.
The Mavericks are still undefeated against the Thunder this season and improved to 17-18. Oklahoma City dropped to 22-13 but remain third in the Western Conference.
Studs of the Night
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and three steals in Minnesota’s 113-104 win against Miami.
CJ McCollum scored 26 first-half points against the 76ers and finished with 35 in a 129-95 victory for the Trail Blazers.
Josh Hart got off to a hot start and scored 22 points in a 121-114 win for the Lakers against the Kings.
Duds of the Night
Norman Powell scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in a 95-89 Raptors win over the Bulls.
Reggie Jackson scored 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting as the Pistons fell short to the Magic 109-107.
Brandon Ingram used this nifty ball fake to get to the basket for an effortless finish.
Ball fake Brandon. #LakeShow
— NBA (@NBA) December 31, 2018
Evan Fournier floated this game-winner up from the free-throw line to help the Magic beat the Pistons.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 30, 2018
Grizzlies (18-17) at Rockets (20-15) — Houston is shooting up the Western Conference standings while Memphis may have already peaked. James Harden has recorded three consecutive 40-point games and the Rockets have thrived under his leadership while benefiting from the acquisition of Austin Rivers. The Grizzlies will have their hands full against one of the hottest players in the league.