The Dallas Mavericks defeated the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 at the Fiserv Forum on Sunday afternoon. Superstar Luka Doncic led the way with an unbelievable performance, but it took a total team effort for Dallas to top of the one the best teams in the NBA.
It was arguably Luka’s best game of the season as he went for 32 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes of action. The 23-year-old superstar did a bit of everything to help Dallas secure the victory in the must-win contest for both teams. It was Luka’s fifth straight 30-point game, and the fifth time he has produced 15 assists this season.
The Mavericks are trying to move up to third in the Western Conference, and the Bucks were attempting to stay second in the East in a game that featured a playoff-like atmosphere. It was a team effort for Dallas led by Doncic and their fourth-quarter defense that secured the victory, and here is more on the Mavs performance.
Luka Doncic leads Dallas Mavericks over Bucks with incredible stat line
The Bucks' defense on the perimeter is one of the best in the league. Led by Jrue Holiday, they harassed Luka all night, but the Mavericks superstar was unfazed. Doncic did not quite have his 3-point locked in on Sunday afternoon as he made just three of nine, but he had some extra energy with the European crowd watching in primetime. See the results below.
It was just Luka’s seventh dunk of the season, but the 6’7 guard is playing his best basketball down the stretch as the postseason approaches. The Bucks tried forcing the ball out of his hands often on Sunday afternoon, which led to the massive assist numbers for Doncic. He accounted for 25 of the Mavs' 33 points in the third quarter when combining his scoring and dishing.
Luka's play in a crucial game over the defending champions should have fans excited about the postseason. The 23-year-old is unstoppable, and his team looks poised to make a run this year.
It was an impressive team effort by the Mavericks on April 3 as six players scored in double-figures. Dwight Powell continued his hot stretch with 22 points and 13 rebounds on eight of ten shooting from the field. Reggie Bullock scored 16, had seven rebounds, and played strong defense as head coach Jason Kidd treated it like a playoff game.
The Mavericks increased their energy and tightened up the defense in the final quarter to secure the victory. Milwaukee scored just 25 points over the final 12 minutes as Dallas ground out a playoff-like victory. Winning on the road in a crucial game was the perfect postseason test for a team that is looking to make a deep run in the difficult Western Conference.
The Dallas Mavericks travel to Detroit to face the Pistons on Wednesday night in their final road game. They close the regular season with the Trail Blazers and Spurs at home as Dallas continues to chase homecourt in the first round of the playoffs. Expect Luka Doncic to be lights out in the playoffs either way, and fans won’t want to miss it.