Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic nets 38 in win over Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was fresh off his first triple-double of the season as the team topped the Rockets in Houston. Doncic did not start the year in peak form, but he is quickly regaining it. The 21-year-old superstar was looking to build on that performance on Thursday evening.
The Mavs traveled to Denver to face the Nuggets on Jan. 7. Luka has struggled in the Mile High City early in his career. He is just 18 of 50 from the field over the three games. The reigning Western Conference finalists were favored on their home floor too.
Doncic had other ideas, though. The Mavs superstar went off against the Nuggets including dropping 38 points as Dallas picked up the win. Let us take a look at his best plays from Jan. 7.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic nets 38 in win over Nuggets
The Mavs got off to a slow start in Denver, but that did not stop Luka from showing off his playmaking ability. See his incredible pass to Dorian Finney-Smith for a corner three below.
Coach Carlisle took Doncic out of the game with 2:37 left in the first quarter and the score tied at 16. The 21-year-old had five points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two turnovers in his first stint on Thursday night.
The Mavericks offense went flat to start the second quarter, so they inserted Luka with 8:53 left and the Nuggets up by six. Shots were still not falling, so Doncic took matters into his own hands. Fans got worried because they saw him limping, but the Mavs star quieted those concerns with this dunk.
Luka had nine points in the second quarter to give him 14 in the first half. He chipped in three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block, but the Mavericks trailed by nine at the break.
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