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Luka Doncic remarkable as Mavericks defeat Pelicans in New Orleans

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks survived a wild game to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 17 to put them 11 games over .500 heading into the All-Star break. Superstar Luka Doncic kept up his impressive play as he had 45 points in the first three quarters to put the Mavs up 24. The Pelicans dominated the fourth to get back into the contest, but Dallas survived to pick up the 125-118 victory.

Doncic had his entire arsenal on display on Thursday night. He drilled seven 3-pointers, scored 49 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out eight dimes against the Pelicans. Fans were even treated to a Luka dunk in the final game before the All-Star break.

Luka led the way on Feb. 17, but it was an impressive team performance from the Mavs as they topped the Pelicans in New Orleans. Here is a closer look at the contest, and what is next for Dallas.

Luka Doncic remarkable as Dallas Mavericks defeat Pelicans

The highlight of the night was Luka driving to the hoop for a monster dunk, but the entire offense was on point. Dallas shot 53.7 percent from the field and made 19 of their 40 3-pointers. The Mavericks were moving the ball and creating a ton of open looks. Fans can see Doncic’s dunk below.

The 22-year-old superstar had his third 45-point game in the last four, and third 25-point half during that stretch. Doncic just missed matching his career-high of 51 as he missed two free throws late. Stephen Curry is the only other player in the NBA with three 45-point games this season, according to Mavs PR. Doncic has scored 199 points over his last five contests, which is the second most by a player over any five games this season.

The Mavericks scored a season-high 45 points in the first quarter as Doncic went for 19. No team can slow him down right now as he is the one player that is likely upset that the All-Star break is here.

Jalen Brunson had an impressive 23-point performance on Thursday night, including nailing some late free throws to secure the victory. Maxi Kleber chipped in 20, and Dorian Finney-Smith had 14 as Dallas made it two straight wins heading into the break.

The Mavericks had only had ten available players in New Orleans, but they would not be denied. It was their third win of the season against the Pelicans as Dallas secured the season series.

The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Feb. 25 in Utah as they face the Jazz. Superstar Luka Doncic will play in his third All-Star game on Sunday night, and fans can expect him to put on a show. Be sure to tune in because no player in the league can stop the 22-year-old right now, and it will be cannot miss event.

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