The Dallas Mavericks dominated the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers from start to finish on their way to a 128-78 win on April 8. It was an incredible performance led by superstar Luka Doncic absolutely going off.
Doncic could do whatever he wanted on Friday night at the American Airlines Center. He finished with 39 points on 12 of 21 shooting from the field, including drilling seven 3-pointers. Luka also had 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Mavericks outscored the Blazers by 41 in his 30 minutes of action. The superstar did not play one second in the fourth quarter because the game was already in hand.
It was the second straight game that the Mavs just could not miss, but it was not all positives on April 8 as Doncic picked up his 16th technical foul of the season. Here is a look at his incredible shooting and what the technical means moving forward.
Luka Doncic drops 39 but picks up 16th tech as Dallas Mavericks defeat Blazers
Luka had 14 first-half points before catching fire in the third quarter. He went off for 25 points in the third-highest scoring period in Mavs history, and he just could not miss from downtown. Fans can see Doncic showing off his range below.
His shoot is locked in ahead of the postseason. The 23-year-old is shooting over 39 percent from 3-point range on ten-plus attempts a night over his last 17 games. Doncic is unstoppable when the threes are falling, and it has been a massive part of the Mavericks' recent hot stretch.
Luka felt he was fouled on the final shot of the opening quarter, so he argued with referee Tony Brothers after the horn, which resulted in a technical foul. It was his 16th of the season, which means in an automatic one-game suspension from the league. Doncic will miss Sunday’s season finale against the San Antonio Spurs unless the technical is rescinded by the NBA office.
It was an incredible performance from Luka Doncic in just 30 minutes of action. Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks superstar to play in the season finale, but he will be locked in and ready for the playoffs. Can the team win their first postseason series since 2011? The Mavs are going to have homecourt in the opening round, and fans should never count out Doncic. Do not miss it.