Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic makes incredible plays in loss to Blazers

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Kim Klement - Pool/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Kim Klement - Pool/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic makes multiple highlights in loss to Blazers

The Dallas Mavericks were on the second night of back-to-back when they played the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday evening. Luka Doncic was one of three Mavs starters that rested against the Jazz. Dallas still managed a comeback victory for their second straight win. Doncic led the Mavericks over the Bucks with a 36-point triple-double on Saturday.

Tuesday’s contest had plenty of seeding implications. The Blazers were fighting for their playoff lives coming in. Portland needed a win to stay in position to qualify for the play-in round. The Mavericks had a slight hope of moving up, but only if they win their last two seeding games. That meant getting the job done against Portland.

Luka Doncic put on a show on Tuesday. He had another outstanding bubble performance. Let us take a look at it and his best plays from Aug. 11.

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Luka Doncic full of highlights as Dallas Mavericks fall to Trail Blazers

Doncic had his jumper going early on Tuesday. He drilled two step back 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game. See one of them below.

It was Kristaps Porzingis that had the dominant first quarter, though. Luka finished with six points, one rebound, and one assist. KP had 16 points and two rebounds in his ten minutes of action.

Doncic got inside for an absolutely incredible lay-in the second quarter.

The 21-year-old superstar had 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the first half, but the Mavericks trailed by eight points. Damian Lillard was on fire. He had 25 first-half points to put the Blazers up.

Luka took Dame to school off the dribble in the third quarter. See the incredible play below.

Doncic scored just four in the third. He had 17 points, five rebounds, and seven dimes heading into the fourth quarter. Porzingis had 30 points with 12 minutes left to play as the Mavs trailed by three.

The Mavericks grabbed the lead early in the fourth, but Damian Lillard turned it into a heavyweight fight. The Blazers guard could not miss. Dallas refused to give an inch when they had the ball. Ultimately, Lillard was just too much as the Blazers won 134-131 behind his 61 points.

Luka Doncic finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and ten assists in 34 minutes of action. He missed two free throws in the fourth quarter that hurt Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis fouling out did not help, either. There were plenty of highlights from the Mavericks star, though.

The game did not disappoint. Damian Lillard versus Luka Doncic is always exciting. The Dallas Mavericks are locked into seventh in the Western Conference now. There will be playoff basketball from the bubble, though. Stay tuned for plenty more.

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