The Dallas Mavericks spoiled Anthony Davis’ return as they topped the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Thursday night. Luka Doncic stole the show as he lifted the Mavs to their second straight victory. The 22-year-old superstar was incredible in the final three quarters as he pushed his team into a tie with the Portland Trail Blazers for sixth in the Western Conference.
It was not all sunshine for the Mavericks on Thursday night. Maxi Kleber missed the game with a back contusion. Kristaps Porzingis injured his ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Dallas needed their star to lift them to a difficult victory.
Doncic did not disappoint on Thursday night. Here is a closer look at his performance and what it means for the Mavericks going forward.
Luka Doncic shines as Dallas Mavericks top the Los Angeles Lakers
Luka picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and only played five minutes. He was held scoreless and had two turnovers. It looked like it would be a rough night for the 22-year-old on the second night of a back-to-back, but Doncic had other ideas.
The Mavs superstar got it rolling in the second quarter. He pulled off some fancy dribble moves before finding Dwight Powell for an alley-oop below.
Luka had 13 points and four assists in the second as the Mavericks raced out to an 11-point lead at halftime. Dallas knew Anthony Davis would not return in the second half. They had all the momentum, despite facing a significant rest advantage.
Doncic opened up his bag of tricks in the second half. See a beautiful move below.
It was an impressive performance from Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. The 22-year-old finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three steals on April 22. Luka was nine of 21 from the field and connected on nine of his 11 free throws. It was an incredible performance against the defending champions on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Dallas Mavericks host the Los Angeles Lakers for the second straight game on Saturday night. Fans will be waiting to hear updates on Kristaps Porzingis. Luka will need to have another monster performance if the Mavs want to take the season series from the Lakers. Do not miss Saturday’s game.