Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic gets fired up by Kings coach Luke Walton
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic scored 33 points against the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 12. He got a bit of extra motivation from Kings coach Luke Walton.
The Dallas Mavericks got a massive boost on Wednesday night. Luka Doncic returned from a sprained ankle. The 20-year-old star missed seven consecutive games before facing the Sacramento Kings.
Luka had his full arsenal on display. It was positive that he was attacking off the dribble with vigor. Doncic was not favoring his ankle. He looked completely healthy and ready to help the Mavericks thrive down the stretch.
Luka finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in 31 minutes of action. He also led the Mavs to a 130-111 victory on Feb. 12. The offense was firing on all cylinders. Doncic did not miss a beat. The 20-year-old got a bit of extra motivation too.
Walton gets T
Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton received a technical foul in the third quarter for talking to Luka. Fans can see a video of the exchange here courtesy of Sean Cunningham.
It fired Doncic up. He scored eight points in the fourth quarter and propelled the Mavs to a runaway victory. Luka could be seen staring down Walton after makes. It was not a wise decision for the Kings coach.
Doncic had this to say about the exchange after the game. The comment is at the 2:47 mark in the video.
Luke Walton was also asked about it. He had this response.
Teams are always trying to get under Luka’s skin. They are hoping that will help them slow him down. It is not that easy, though. Doncic has a ton of professional experience and has seen it all. Usually, it propels the 20-year-old to perform better. Expect the opposition to continue to try it, though.
Luka will be starting in both the Rising Stars and All-Star games this weekend. Fans should tune in and enjoy the show. It will be his first All-Star game. Expect the 20-year-old star to become a fixture in the game.
He will then return to lead Dallas down the stretch. Monster numbers and plenty of victories will follow. Supporters won’t want to miss it.