The Dallas Mavericks took the first game of a set against the LA Clippers 112-105 on Feb. 10 behind an unforgettable performance from superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old came out on fire and never slowed down as he lifted the Mavs to their fourth straight victory.
Luka nearly broke the Mavericks record for most points in a quarter as he went from 28 in the opening stanza on ten of 13 shooting from the field. Doncic broke the team’s franchise record with seven 3-pointers in the first quarter. It was an incredible scoring display against the rival Clippers on Thursday night.
Luka did not stop after a strong first quarter. The Clippers tried everything in their power to stop him on Feb. 10, but they had no answers. Here is a closer look at Doncic’s incredible 51-point performance before switching focus to what lies ahead.
Luka Doncic drops 51 in Dallas Mavericks win over LA Clippers
Fans knew it was going to be a special night from Luka’s first make. The 22-year-old superstar was firing on all cylinders, and he just could not miss early on. It was the perfect storm too. Doncic had scored 30-plus in five of the last six games, and he always goes off against the LA Clippers. Number 77 did not disappoint on Thursday evening.
Doncic had 32 points at halftime, which was the most by a player in a first half this season. It was his third 30-point half, which broke the Mavs record since 1996-1997.
Luka finished with 51 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block on 17 of 26 shooting from the field. He made seven threes as the Mavericks outscored the Clippers by seven in his 39 minutes on the floor.
He set a new career-high in points breaking his previous mark of 46, which happened against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 12, 2021. Luka fell just shy of matching his career-high eight 3-pointers made in an unbelieve performance against the Clippers on Thursday night. Luka became just the fourth Maverick to ever have 50-plus point in a game.
Doncic put on a show in the first game since the Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis. The two new additions were not in uniform, and Dallas was short-handed on Thursday night as they had to waive Moses Brown as part of the deal. Marquese Chriss suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return, but none of matter because Luka was unstoppable.
The Dallas Mavericks face the LA Clippers again on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center. Luka Doncic is going to put on another show too. The 22-year-old always goes off against the Clippers, and he wants a small bit of revenge for being knocked out in the first round of playoffs for two straight years by LA. Fans won’t want to miss Saturday’s game, so please tune in and enjoy.