The Dallas Mavericks had won four straight games as superstar Luka Doncic had their offense performing at an elite level. The 21-year-old is red hot and making his case to start his second straight All-Star game.
The Mavs hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 14. It was their six straight home game, but it promised to be a difficult one. The Blazers had won three straight. Fans were expecting a scoring duel between Doncic and Damian Lillard on Valentine’s Day.
The two superstars did not disappoint on Sunday night, but it was Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers that got the upper hand. That did not stop Luka from putting on a show. Here is a closer look at his best plays.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has 24-point first half versus Trail Blazers
Doncic started on Sunday evening with some beautiful passing. He found Maxi Kleber on a roll for an easy bucket.
Luka put together an impressive first quarter. He brought his bag of tricks to the American Airlines Center. Fans saw him hit Dirk Nowitzki’s signature shot and bust out the euro step in the first quarter.
Doncic had 13 points, one rebound, and three assists in the first, but the Mavericks trailed by nine at the break.
Dallas cut the lead to two with Luka on the bench. He returned with 5:29 left in the second and got the Mavs back in front by locking in his 3-point shot. Doncic finished with 24 first-half points on eight of 12 shooting from the field as he stayed red hot. Dallas was up three at the break.
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