Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic goes off in blowout loss to Sixers
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks struggled against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. They missed a lot of shots and were blown out 113-95 at the American Airlines Center. Luka Doncic went off, but the Mavs did not give him a ton of help on April 12.
Kristaps Porzingis missed Monday’s game to rest on the second night of a back-to-back. Maxi Kleber returned but dealt with foul trouble. Jalen Brunson played well in a spot start, but the Mavericks got minimal production from their bench before garbage time against the Sixers.
Going into the game there was plenty of talk about Ben Simmons being able to shut down Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar proved on April 12 that all any defender can hope for is to slow him down. Here is a closer look at Luka’s performance against the Sixers.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic goes off in blowout loss to Sixers
Doncic showed off his incredible talent before tipoff on Monday night. He put his soccer skills into an unbelievable trick shot.
Luka had it going from the opening whistle versus Philly. He produced 11 first-quarter points to keep Dallas in the game. See him hit his patented step back 3-pointer below.
Doncic had nine more in the second to give him 20 in the first 24 minutes, but the Mavericks trailed by 12. They struggled on the defensive end and needed to hit more shots to beat one of the best teams in the NBA. Dallas shot 42.2 percent from the field and 25.0 percent on their threes on Monday night.
Luka did pull out Dirk Nowitzki’s patented shot against the Sixers.
The Mavericks superstar finished with 32 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes on Monday night. Doncic was ten of 20 from the field and ten of 11 on his free throws. It was an impressive night, but Luka was not happy as the Mavs were blown out on their home floor.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back as they travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Ja Morant and his team have surged to eighth in the Western Conference, so it will be an important one for Dallas. Hopefully, they can snap their two-game losing streak and grab their elusive 30th win of the season. Do not forget to tune in and enjoy the game.