Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic produces 36-point triple-double in loss to Bulls
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic benefitted from a stat correction to secure his third triple-double of the season last time out against Milwaukee. The Bucks snapped Dallas’ four-game winning streak, but Doncic has been on fire. He is averaging over 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists per game in his last five.
Luka was looking to keep the hot streak against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 17. The 21-year-old superstar did not play in the first meeting this season, which the Bulls won. Chicago ranks 29th in defensive rating through 12 games and has just four wins. The table was set for another monster performance from Doncic.
The Mavericks superstar did not disappoint, but it was not enough. The Bulls dominated the action as Luka Doncic had a monster triple-double. Let us take a look at the 21-year-old’s best plays from Jan. 17 here.
Luka Doncic nets 30 in the first half against the Chicago Bulls
Doncic got it started with a mid-range step back that knocked down Bulls rookie Patrick Williams. See the incredible highlight below.
Luka had the offense rolling early. He had ten points including making two 3-pointers. The 21-year-old superstar scored or assists on all of the team’s first 19 points. He headed to the bench with 1:31 left in the first quarter, and Dallas was down by four. Doncic had three rebounds and four assists in his first stint on Sunday afternoon.
Luka returned with 9:20 left in the second quarter as the Mavs offense has gone cold. Dallas had not scored in the period, but Doncic quickly found KP for this alley-oop.
Luka exploded in the second quarter. He had 20 points and four 3-pointers made to push him to 30 for the first half. Doncic was attempting to keep the Mavericks in the game by himself. He also had seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal. It was an incredible showing from Luka on Sunday afternoon, but the Mavericks trailed by 15 at the half.
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