The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-94 in the team’s second straight wild game. Superstar Luka Doncic dealt with foul trouble after picking up his fourth late in the first half and fifth less than a minute into the third quarter. It forced him to the bench for the rest of the period and into the fourth, but it did not stop Doncic from going off.
The Mavs point guards all dealt with foul trouble on Sunday evening. Jalen Brunson also picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter, and Trey Burke finished with five in his 15 minutes of action. Head coach Jason Kidd never seemed concerned, and the next man stepped up for Dallas as they picked up their 31st win of the season.
Luka had an impressive night, despite the foul trouble. He produced his second straight triple-double and the 45th of his career. Here is a closer look at his performance and what to expect from the 22-year-old moving forward.
Luka Doncic overcomes foul trouble for triple-double in Dallas Mavericks win over Hawks
Doncic came out hot on Sunday night with 11 points in the opening quarter. He was just two rebounds and three assists shy of a triple-double at halftime, but foul trouble prevented him from playing nearly the entire third quarter.
Luka returned with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter and put the finishing touches on the win. He was making plays and getting into the paint at will. The Mavs outscored Atlanta by five during the final stretch to seal the victory.
Doncic finished with 18 points, ten rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal on Feb. 6. He shot six of 17 from the field as the Mavs outscored the Hawks by ten in his 28 minutes on the floor.
It took a total team effort to overcome the foul trouble on Sunday night. All five starters scored in double figures with Reggie Bullock going off for 22 points and nine rebounds. He has stepped up since Tim Hardaway Jr. went down with a broken foot and has scored 20-plus in four of the Mavs last five contests.
Josh Green had an impressive performance off the bench with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, and one block in 23 minutes of action.
Defense played a key role again for Dallas. The Mavericks held Atlanta to 44 points in the second half to grab the victory over a hot Hawks team. Trae Young scored just 17 points on 19 field goal attempts. He missed all six of his threes in their loss at the American Airlines Center, and the Mavs defense was a massive part of that.
The Dallas Mavericks continue their homestand on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons. Expect Luka Doncic to stay hot as his team looks to make it three straight wins. Fans won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.