Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic unbelievable in win over Hornets
The Dallas Mavericks needed a bit more from superstar Luka Doncic on Jan. 13. They were without five key rotation players in Charlotte against the Hornets. The absences due to the league’s health and safety protocols caused the Mavs to have a game canceled on Monday, but they had 12 healthy players against the Hornets.
Kristaps Porzingis made his season debut on Wednesday. The Unicorn gave Dallas the lift it needed with Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Jalen Brunson all out. The Mavs were looking for a bit of revenge after the Hornets blew them out in their home opener.
Doncic and the Mavericks did not disappoint on Jan. 13. They had their offense rolling as they dominated the Hornets in Charlotte. Here is a look at the 21-year-old superstar’s best plays from that game.
Luka Doncic nets 34 as Dallas Mavericks dominate Charlotte Hornets
Doncic had it going from the opening tip in Charlotte. He drilled a 3-pointer for the first points of the game. Luka dished to KP for the team’s next score. See the Unicorn’s first basket of the season below.
Doncic had the offense hot on Wednesday night. He finished with 11 of the team’s 32 first-quarter points. Luka also chipped in five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block as he played all 12 minutes in the opening frame. The Mavericks held a 16-point lead after the first quarter as Doncic looked incredible. The 21-year-old superstar was getting into the paint at will as the offense was unstoppable.
Luka got a long rest as Porzingis led the charge to start the second quarter. He re-entered with 5:43 left and proceeded to lead Dallas to 18 more points before halftime.
Doncic finished the first half with 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and two blocks. He was bringing it on both ends of the floor as the Mavericks held a 17-point lead.
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