The Dallas Mavericks had lost five straight games entering Monday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns. Superstar Luka Doncic had an incredible January. He averaged 28.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per over 15 games in the month, but the Mavs were struggling.
They were hoping to get back on track on Feb. 1. Maxi Kleber returned from the health and safety protocols, which meant the Mavericks had their entire roster healthy for the first time this season. The Suns won the first two meetings over Dallas. Would a healthy roster be enough to turn the tide?
Luka Doncic had another strong night as the Mavs and Suns played an exciting game on Monday night. Ultimately, Devin Booker drilled the game-winning three with less than two seconds remaining. Doncic missed at the buzzer, but still put on a show. See his best plays here.
Luka Doncic drops 11 in first half to put Dallas Mavericks in front of Suns
It was a slow start on the offensive end of the floor, but he did block two shots. See the Mavs swatting two straight attempts below.
Doncic went to the bench with 1:37 left in the first quarter and his team up by one. The 21-year-old superstar did not make a field goal in the opening period. He had two points, four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in what was a rough offensive start for Dallas.
Luka returned with 8:42 left in the second as the Suns grabbed a one-point lead. He went to work in the second quarter including intercepting a pass and taking it coast to coast.
Chris Paul had a monster quarter of his own to keep the Suns in the game, but Dallas led by six at halftime. Luka produced a monster line in the first 24 minutes. He had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocks. Doncic turned it on late in the second and pushed the Mavericks into the lead.
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