Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Cavaliers: 1. Luka struggles but makes history
It was far from Luka Doncic’s best night. The Cavaliers made everything difficult on number 77, including letting Lamar Stevens guard him full-court for most of the game. Doncic struggled to make shots, grab rebounds, and get assists in a forgettable all-around night for the Mavericks.
Luka still gave fans something to cheer about, including hitting this impossible shot and drawing a foul on Kevin Love in the first quarter.
Doncic finished with 30 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block. It is insane to call that a bad night, but Luka made just nine of 23 field goal attempts as he was just two of eight from 3-point range. Doncic had five turnovers, and the Mavericks were outscored by 20 points in his 39 minutes of action.
Luka broke a Mavericks franchise record by scoring 20 or more points in 35 straight games. Mark Aguirre previously held the honors, but Doncic topped the mark on Wednesday night, and he is showing zero signs of slowing down. Even on bad nights, Luka is going to score 20-plus.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Friday night as they host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. That is the first night of a back-to-back and a must-win for the Mavs. Expect Luka Doncic to be fired up and ready, and fans won’t want to miss it, so please tune in and enjoy the game.