Harden and Durant combined for 47 points in a 102-99 road victory for Brooklyn, who lead the Eastern Conference with 17 wins against seven losses.
It's easy to see why the Lakers would be a fashionable pick to emerge as the Western Conference representative in the NBA Finals this season.
Satnam Singh Bhamara, who created history when he was picked in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks in 2015, will begin his training to be a pro wrestler at the Atlanta-based Nightmare Factory, to compete in the All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
The 22-year-old Doncic was an All-Star in his second and third seasons after being named Rookie of the Year in 2018-19. He's also been first-team All-NBA twice, which makes Doncic the first player eligible for a supermax extension off his rookie contract.
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo jumps, Phoenix Suns rise but LeBron James, LA Lakers top merchandise sales
The NBA and its players union announced that four-time NBA champion James led jersey sales and his 2020 NBA champion Lakers were still the hottest money spinner in merchandise sales.
Dallas becomes the seventh team with an coaching vacancy, joining New Orleans, Washington, Orlando, Indiana, Portland — and Boston, where Carlisle played for the team that won the 1986 NBA title.
In the Western Conference, top seeds Utah outclassed the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 to wrap up a 4-1 win in the best-of-seven series, with Donovan Mitchell's 30-point haul steering the Jazz into the next round.
Before a last-minute surge, Los Angeles struggled in the absence of starters Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who injured his knee in Game 3.
NBA: Jayson Tatum scores 50 points, Celtics cut deficit on Nets; Clippers get back series against Mavs
After scoring 50 points in Boston's play-in tournament victory, Tatum struggled in the two games in Brooklyn but steadied the Celtics in Game 3
NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said in a statement Porzingis had violated rules prohibiting players from entering a bar, club or lounge.
Middleton kept his composure superbly to drain the decisive jump shot from 18 feet with just 0.5 seconds on the clock, handing the Bucks a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series.
No 7 Los Angeles will host No 8 Golden State in the Western Conference play-in with the winner taking the seventh seed and a spot against Phoenix and the loser having to play another game to determine the eighth seed.
Ben Simmons added 13 points and nine assists to help the 76ers improve to 48-23. Philadelphia could've clinched earlier this week, but lost at Indiana on Tuesday and at Miami on Thursday.
NBA: Bojan Bogdanovic scores 48 points, Jazz rally to beat Nuggets; 76ers inch closer top spot in East
Bogdanovic went 16 of 23 from the field — making a career-high eight 3-pointers — to lead the NBA-leading Jazz to their fourth straight victory.
NBA: Luka Doncic delivers for Dallas Mavericks; Stephen Curry scores 30 in Golden State Warriors' win
"Everyone expects greatness from Doncic every single night," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. "Just think about it, at 22 years old and having that kind of expectation put on him every night. But he is an amazing player."
The New York Knicks were on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season.
NBA: Julius Randle stars as New York Knicks win ninth straight game; Dallas Mavericks beat Los Angeles Lakers
Derrick Rose scored 19 points to help the Knicks move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining. They are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title in what was their last playoff appearance.
The Dallas Mavericks used another solid defensive performance to hold their opponent to under 100 points for the second game in a row.
NBA: Warriors lose by 53 points as Raptors roll to historic win; Bucks continue winning run over Trail Blazers
The Raptors have been having problems of their own, winning for just the second time in the past 15 games and snapping a four-game losing streak.
James Harden was back after missing a game because of neck soreness. He had 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Brooklyn were still without Kevin Durant (left hamstring strain) and Kyrie Irving (personal reasons).