What would these Mavericks be without Luka Doncic? Better not imagine. Last night was a new demonstration of the enormous dependence that Dallas have on their star, which must shine above the rest of the NBA for his team to add victories. This is how it happened hosting the Warriors, a game in which the Slovenian genius dazzled with another huge triple-double, this time with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Mavericks came to lead by 17 points in the first quarter (31-14, 1:18), but in the brief rest of their flagship they lost all their accumulated advantage and ended up surrendering to the duel of top-class gunmen. They wanted to win to end a losing streak of four consecutive losses.
The Warriors came back from behind 17 points, but fell short and could not reward the great performance of Curry, who finished with 32 points and five triples. The current champions lacked success from the triple, only 11 of 25, and the second best scorer was Jonathan Kuminga, with 14 points. Klay Thompson did not go beyond five points and missed the last triple, which could force overtime.
At 23 years old , Doncic matched a Mavericks legend in Nowitzki, who reached 40 points 20 times in his 21 seasons in Texas. The Slovenian did it in his fourth year and is two games away from the absolute record of Mark Aguirre, active in the 80s and 90s.
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