Luka Doncic drops 35 to lift Mavericks over Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks dominated the second half to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-112 on Wednesday night. It was an impressive performance on the second night of a back-to-back as Dallas is hungry to try to move up to third in the Western Conference.

Superstar Luka Doncic led the way in Cleveland as he went for 35 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists, one steal, and two blocks. He made 14 of his 26 field goals as Dallas outscored the Cavaliers by 14 in his 37 minutes on the floor. It was another impressive performances for the 23-year-old.

Luka always goes off in Cleveland as they have a massive Slovenian population, but it was an incredible team showing by the Mavs for their third straight win. Here is a look at their performance and what is next for Dallas.

Luka Doncic drops 35 to lift Dallas Mavericks over Cavaliers

Luka was fresh off a 30-point triple-double against the Lakers, and he stayed locked in to narrowly miss a second straight. Doncic even got up for his sixth dunk of the season on Wednesday night.

It was back-to-back special nights for Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar went off for 20 points in the third quarter to help the Mavericks take control as they outscored the Cavs 39-22. It was the tenth time in his NBA career that Luka went for 20 in a period.

The highlight of the night went to Dorian Finney-Smith as he threw down a monster dunk in the first half on his way to a monster performance.

Doe-Doe hit a career-high-tying six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 28 points. The Cavaliers were trying to trap Luka and kept sending double teams his way which meant open shots for role players, and Finney-Smith made the Cavaliers pay on multiple occasions.

Dallas did not have Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Sterling Brown, Frank Ntilikina, or Theo Pinson on Wednesday night, but it did not matter. Reggie Bullock had nine points to be the only starter that did not score in double-figures as the Mavs picked up an important win in Cleveland.

The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Friday night as they face the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital. They have just five games left in the regular season, and Dallas is hungry to climb to third in the Western Conference.

Expect Luka Doncic to go off again as Spencer Dinwiddie looks to get some revenge on his former team. Fans are not going to want to miss a second of the action down the stretch, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.

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