Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic drops 20 in final preseason game vs. Minnesota
The Dallas Mavericks closed out their preseason slate on Dec. 17 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Luka Doncic was looking to build on his 27-point performance in the second game against the Bucks, which included an incredible third quarter. The Mavs had a chance to finish the preseason undefeated as well.
Coach Rick Carlisle gave the starters plenty of looks since the preseason slate was so short. That meant fans got plenty of Luka on Thursday evening, and the superstar did not disappoint.
Let us take a look at Doncic’s best plays from the third and final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic scores 20 in preseason win over Timberwolves
Doncic got going early against Minnesota, thanks to this fancy find by Dwight Powell.
Luka did not have his 3-point stroke, but he got to the rim to keep his numbers up. The 21-year-old had nine points, two rebounds, two assists, and one turnover in nine and a half minutes in the first quarter.
The bench struggled a bit giving Minnesota a six-point lead when Doncic returned with 7:23 left in the second. Luka drew multiple fouls and got the offense rolling. He finished the first half with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists, and four turnovers as Dallas had a seven-point advantage. Josh Okogie played outstanding defense on Luka including stripping him clean on drives multiple times.
Doncic caught Naz Reid on him before welcoming him to the island in the third quarter. See the beautiful finish below.
Luka also found Dwight Powell for this beautiful dunk with an and-one. The Mavericks superstar had it all on display in the final preseason game.
Doncic struggled a bit from the field against the Timberwolves, but he was getting to the line and converting his free throws. Through three quarters, Luka had 20 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. The Mavs outscored Minnesota by 21 points in his 27 minutes on the floor. Doncic helped push Dallas’ lead to 15 heading into the final quarter.
He did not return in the fourth. It was not Doncic’s best game, but the superstar looks ready for the regular season. The Dallas Mavericks open on Dec. 23 against the Phoenix Suns. It promises to be an exciting game to start the 2020-2021 season. Do not miss it.