The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Golden State Warriors 133-103 on April 27. They were on the second night of a back-to-back set and coming off a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Mavs were without two starters in Kristaps Porzingis and Josh Richardson. The deck appeared stacked against them, but Luka Doncic had other ideas.
Dallas trailed 12 to 11 with 8:40 left in the first quarter before the Mavericks went on a 25 to zero run to close the period. They poured in on by holding Golden State to 17 in the second. Stephen Curry had no answers as the Mavs picked up their second victory of the season against the Warriors to take the season series and crucial playoff tiebreaker.
Luka was special on the second night of a back-to-back. The 22-year-old finished with 39 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals at the Chase Center. He was 15 of 23 from the field and made all five of his free throws. The Mavs outscored the Warriors by 29 points during his 28 minutes on Tuesday night in the blowout win. Here is a closer look at his performance and why Dallas is unstoppable when Doncic is playing that way.
Luka Doncic goes off as Dallas Mavericks dominate Golden State Warriors
Doncic had it going early on Tuesday night. He went into his bag of tricks to pull out Dirk Nowitzki’s signature move in the first quarter.
Luka had nine points in the opening period, despite only playing seven minutes. The Mavericks’ 25 to zero run to close the quarter allowed coach Rick Carlisle to give his superstar a bit of extra rest.
Doncic did not miss a beat as he had seven in the second quarter, including a buzzer-beater to put Dallas up by 33 points at halftime.
The 22-year-old superstar closed the show in the third quarter by making some ridiculous shots. See an incredible and-one below.
Doncic was not done there. He made another one just seconds later over Andrew Wiggins.
Luka Doncic was locked in on April 27. The Dallas Mavericks are unstoppable when he is playing that way. The 22-year-old hit multiple impossible floaters and had his jumper dialed in. Doncic drilled four 3-pointers, including three in the third quarter to finish off the Warriors in San Francisco.
Golden State had no way to slow him down on April 27. Doncic was not going to let his team lose as he had his jumper, playmaking, and inside scoring on full display. It was an impressive performance from the 22-year-old.
The Mavericks need that Luka in the playoffs if they are going to pull a first-round upset. They will be underdogs in that series, but fans saw in the bubble that Dallas wins when Doncic goes off.
Hopefully, the Dallas Mavericks superstar keeps it going on Thursday night in Detroit against the Pistons. Every game is massive down the stretch, and Dallas has played down to their competition this season. They are just 11-13 against teams under .500. Doncic needs to lift the Mavs to a victory, so they can avoid the play-in tournament. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so please tune in and enjoy the game.