Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic drops 27 as Mavs top Heat
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had one of the worst games of his career as the team was blown out in their home opener by the Charlotte Hornets. It was so bad that Doncic got shots up after the game to flush the struggles.
His first chance to bounce back came on New Year’s Day against the Miami Heat. Luka has never beaten Miami. He averages just 15.5 points against the Heat, which is the lowest scoring average versus any opponent. The numbers are skewed because Doncic was injured less than two minutes into the first meeting last season and never returned, but the Mavericks had lost six straight versus Miami.
Luka and the Mavericks changed that. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back for their first home win of the season. Doncic got back on track too. See his best plays here.
Luka Doncic drops 27 as Dallas Mavericks top Heat
Doncic missed his first two field-goal attempts of the game, but he got on the board with a driving floater for an and-one. See the beautiful play below.
It was a slow start for both teams. Luka did not have his jumper falling but attacked the paint to produce six points, four rebounds, and two assists as he played all 12 first-quarter minutes. The Mavericks were up by four after one.
Dallas pushed the lead to six when Luka returned with 5:17 left in the second quarter. The 21-year-old superstar continued to attack the paint. The play that got him rolling was this incredible drive and lay-in around Bam Adebayo. Doncic brought out the tricks on this one.
Luka drilled a step back triple the next time down the floor. He finished the first half with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one block. The Mavs were up 15, but Doncic received a technical at the end of the second quarter. He drove to the basket and was hit by Kelly Olynyk, but the referee did not call the foul.
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