3 encouraging takeaways from Dallas Mavericks win over Portland Trail Blazers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Trail Blazers: 1. Luka makes magic

Luka Doncic scored 30 or more in nine straight games to open the season, but he could not find his shot during the team’s road back-to-back where Dallas dropped two disappointing contests. Doncic found it when he returned home, and he did not waste any time proving it.

Luka had 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, one block, and one block in the first quarter. It was an impressive period where Doncic showed just how easy it looks for him. See two of his first-quarter points below.

Fans knew number 77 was hyped up on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center because he threw down a two-handed dunk.

Doncic was far from done there as he finished with 42 points, 13 rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and one block in 38 minutes of action. He was 13 of 22 from the field and 15 of 18 on his free throws. It was Luka’s fourth career 40-point triple-double, and the Mavs outscored the Blazers by six with Doncic on the floor.

The Mavericks are tough to defeat when Luka Doncic goes off, and he certainly did that on Saturday night. Damian Lillard and Jerami Grant punched back for Portland with 29 and 37 points respectively, but number 77 was a bit too much in the win.

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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks continue their five-game homestand on Tuesday night against the LA Clippers, and fans know number 77 will be fired up to face Paul George and company. Doncic remembers those two playoff losses to the Clippers, and he will come out firing on Nov. 15, so do not miss it.