In a nail-biter game against the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks took down the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 115-108.
The star tandem duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 69 points in the win.
Derrick Jones Jr. had his second career double-double in the win with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while center, Dwight Powell had a phenomenal effort on both sides of the floor finishing with nine points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving prove they are a top duo in Mavs' win over Timberwolves
In a game where the Mavericks were severely undersized, every player played a crucial part in rebounding the ball.
The Mavericks led the majority of the game, and it would be in the middle of the fourth quarter when Karl-Anthony Towns hit a pull-up 3-pointer to give the Timberwolves a one-point lead with just a little over five minutes remaining.
With just under three minutes left in the fourth, Kyrie Irving would hit two consecutive 3-pointers to give the Mavericks a massive boost. Jones Jr. would catch a pass from Doncic off of a double team that led to a dagger dunk to seal the win.
The story of the night though was seeing the dynamic duo of “LuKai” go back and forth exchanging buckets throughout the game. Irving finished the night with 35 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while also shooting a nearly perfect 6-8 from behind the arc. Doncic also added 34 points, eight assists, and six rebounds.
The main question for Mavs fans once Irving returned from injury was if he could perform at the high level he was at before. Irving clearly proved the critics wrong and has shined since his return to the court.
Doncic and Irving both made major contributions to the defensive side of the floor, combining for four steals and two blocks.
In a game where the Mavs were missing key defenders in Dante Exum and Dereck Lively II who sprained his ankle a few games ago, the new signees in Grant Williams and Jones Jr. stepped up.
Expect the Mavericks to continue their three-game win streak if they can play at this level of basketball consistently on both sides of the floor.
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