Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic drops 30 in loss to Jazz

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks had lost two straight coming into Wednesday night’s game in Utah. Superstar Luka Doncic is averaging over 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists per game during his 12 January games. The Mavs have struggled during that stretch, though. Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell returned against the Jazz. All three players had been out in the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Jazz had won nine-straight entering Wednesday’s game, but All-Star Donovan Mitchell was out. It still promised to be a difficult game for the Mavs.

Luka had 30 points, but the Jazz dominated the Mavericks. Dallas struggled on the defensive end and were blown out. Still, Doncic put on a show. See his best plays here.

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Luka Doncic drops 30 as Dallas Mavericks fall to Jazz

The Mavs struggled on both ends of the floor in the first quarter, but that did not stop Doncic from putting on a show. See a beautiful and-one below.

Luka had seven points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal in the opening period. He went to the bench with 2:14 remaining and the Jazz up by eight.

The Utah advantage ballooned to 18 without Doncic on the floor. He finished a first half the Mavs would love to forget with 12 points, one rebound, three dimes, and one steal. Dallas allowed 69 first-half points and trailed by 21 at the break.

Doncic had the offense rolling in the third quarter. He put in 15 points to push his total to 27 for the game, but the Jazz expanded their lead to 22 points. Luka also dished out three assists as the Mavericks had a 30-point quarter.

The Mavs superstar returned with 5:51 left in the final period. The Jazz were up 20, but Dallas planned to make one final run against a team on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavericks cut the lead, but could not make a dent as the Jazz picked up the blowout win. Luka Doncic finished with 30 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one steal. He was 13 of 24 from the field, but it was not enough.

The Dallas Mavericks stay in Utah to face the Jazz again on Friday. They will be hoping to bounce back and snap their three-game losing streak. Do not miss it.

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