Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic went for a 41-point double-double on Jan. 24, despite the Wizards doing everything possible to take the ball out of his hands. It was the tenth time he went for 40-plus and his 33rd contest with 30 or more this season. Doncic is unstoppable, but the Mavs' defensive woes caused them to lose for the seventh time in their last nine games.
Luka became just the third player in the last 40 years to score 30 or more points in at least 33 games before the start of February. Michael Jordan and James Harden are the only players that have done it more in one season.
Doncic was frustrated after the game because he missed the go-ahead free throw with 12.5 seconds remaining before fouling Kyle Kuzma for what led to the game-winning free throw. Luka also turned the ball over when Dallas had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. The late struggles put a sour ending on an otherwise outstanding game from number 77.
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Spencer Dinwiddie had words for his former team after Tuesday’s loss. Things did not go well for the 6’5 guard in the nation’s capital, and Dinwiddie has not forgotten. Read his post-game comments below.
He doubled down by taking another shot at Washington.
Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma was quick to clap back on Twitter on Tuesday night.
The Wizards swept the season series from the Mavericks with their win on Jan. 24, but fans can expect more heat when the two teams lock horns again next season.
On a lighter note, Luka’s family was at the game, and he had a blast interacting with them.
Mavericks fans should read this outstanding piece on Tyrell Terry’s retirement from the NBA because of mental health struggles. Best wishes to Terry as he starts a new journey away from basketball.
The biggest NBA news on Tuesday was the announcement that the All-Star draft will take place just before the game on Feb. 19. This is the sixth year of using the captains' format, but the first time waiting until gameday to draft the teams. Luka Doncic will be in the game, but he will not know which team he is on until just before tipoff.
Mat Ishbia is expected to take over as owner of the Suns before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. That is massive news as Phoenix looks to make moves to bolster their roster around Devin Booker.
Anthony Davis and Danny Green are nearing returns for their teams. Davis is expected to play for the Lakers on Wednesday, and Green is hoping to suit up for Memphis on Feb. 1.
Bobby Portis suffered an MCL injury that will keep him out for multiple weeks. He is a key player for the Bucks, who have dealt with injuries all season.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns. Can Luka Doncic and company get back on track on the road? Tune in to find out.