The Dallas Mavericks were down eight in the final five minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder and trailed by six with three to go, but superstar Luka Doncic led a furious comeback that had his team in front in the final ten seconds. The Thunder got a late layup to force overtime before scoring 17 in the extra session to pick up the victory.
Luka had his second 40-point game of the season on Feb. 2 as he finished with 40 points, ten assists, six rebounds, and three steals in 43 minutes of action. Doncic went 16 of 33 from the field, including drilling five 3-pointers. It was an impressive performance, but the Mavs defense struggled to get stops on Wednesday night.
They allowed 30-plus in the first and three quarters that put Dallas in a hole. The Mavs clawed back before allowing 17 in overtime to help OKC grab their 16th win of the season. It was not just Luka who stood out for Dallas, and here is a closer look at the Mavericks' performance.
Luka Doncic leads 4th quarter comeback, but Dallas Mavericks fall in overtime
Luka had 40 points with Jalen Brunson chipping in 20 on ten of 18 shooting from the field, but it was not enough. The Thunder shot 47.7 percent from the field and 45.9 percent on their threes to grab the win. Lu Dort had 30 points with rookie Tre Mann scoring 29 to lift Oklahoma City.
Reggie Bullock chipped in 23 points, including making five 3-pointers for the Mavericks. He is taking advantage of the increased opportunity created by Tim Hardaway’s injury. Dallas needs Bullock stepping up and knocking down shots if they are going to win a postseason series for the first time since taking home the title in 2011.
It was the second straight disappointing loss to a rebuilding team for the Dallas Mavericks. They will look to get back on track on Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at the American Airlines Center, and fans will not want to miss it.