The Dallas Mavericks had lost two straight games as they hosted the Philadelphia 76ers at the American Airlines Center, but Luka Doncic made sure it ended there. The 22-year-old superstar went off, including slamming down two monster dunks on Friday night to lift the Mavs to a 107-98 win.
It was a wild game that featured a 40-plus minute delay in the first quarter after the rim was bent. Things got stranger from there as Dallas came out of the break ice cold and fell behind by nine after the opening period. The Mavs stormed back in the third quarter on the strength of holding the Sixers to just 15 points before closing out the win with a strong defensive fourth.
Luka was the star of the show on Friday night as he finished with his eighth triple-double of the season. Number 77 had his tenth 30-point game and dunked twice after slamming down just one in his first 37 games of the year. Here is a closer look at Doncic’s spectacular performance.
Luka Doncic has 2 unbelievable dunks as Dallas Mavericks defeat Sixers
Luka sank a basket in the opening quarter and immediately noticed something off about the rim. Fixing it featured bringing in a new basket and caused a 40-minute delay. Doncic showed his generosity during the break by trying to buy everyone some food.
The delay made the Mavericks cold, but they came alive after Doncic threw down just his second dunk of the season. See the monster slam below.
Luka one-upped himself later on as he showed off the dribble moves before flying in for a second jam of the night. This one got the American Airlines Center buzzing and got fans at home out of their chairs. See the beautiful play below.
Luka Doncic was locked in on Friday night as he finished with 33 points, 15 assists, 13 rebounds, and two steals. He shot 13 of 28 from the field, and the Mavericks outscored the Sixers by 19 in his 40 minutes on the floor on Feb. 4. Luka did not disappoint in his first game since being named an All-Star for the third consecutive year.
Doncic was aided by an incredible defensive performance from the Mavs on Friday night. They held the Sixers to just 35 second-half points after back-to-back 30-plus point quarters to start the game. Dallas locking in on that end of the floor was a massive reason why the Mavericks picked up the victory over the Sixers.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Sunday night as they host the red-hot Atlanta Hawks. Fans will get to see another showdown between Doncic and Trae Young, and they will not want to miss it, so please tune in and enjoy the contest.