The Dallas Mavericks stayed in Utah for the second game of a set against the Jazz. Superstar Luka Doncic had 30 points on Wednesday night, but the Jazz dominated the Mavs. Rudy Gobert went off for 29 points and 20 rebounds as Utah took over first place in the Western Conference.
The Mavericks are finally getting healthy. Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell returned from the league’s health and safety protocols on Jan. 27. All three players were rusty after missing multiple weeks, but it was fantastic to see them back on the court. Maxi Kleber remains out but is getting closer to returning. Dallas was looking to bounce back on Friday night and snap their three-game losing streak.
The Jazz had other ideas, though. They dominated the Mavs for the second straight game, but Doncic still managed to drop 25 points. Let us take a closer look at the superstar’s performance here.
Luka Doncic drops 25 as Dallas Mavericks fall to Jazz
The Mavs got off to a terrible start on Jan. 29. They scored just 12 points in the first quarter with Luka accounting for six. The Jazz led by 25 after 12 minutes as Dallas had their worst quarter of the season.
Doncic was not going to let the Mavs get blown out by 50. He rested until 7:48 left in the second but came out firing. Luka had 11 points and three assists to help the Mavericks score 33 in the period. He had this beautiful dime to Dwight Powell in the second quarter.
Doncic had 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the first half, but the Dallas Mavericks trailed by 16 at the intermission.
The Jazz went on another run in the third quarter to close out the Mavs. Luka managed to put up eight points, eight rebounds, and two assists, but Utah was up by 26 entering the fourth quarter.
Doncic returned in the fourth quarter with 5:25 left as the Mavericks cut the lead to 16, but the Jazz did not let them get any closer. Luka exited less than two minutes later. He finished with 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. It was a rough night for Doncic and the team, but he still managed to put up an impressive stat line.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will be looking to snap their four-game losing streak on Saturday evening against the Phoenix Suns. Expect a monster night from the team’s star as the Mavs return home. Do not miss it.