The Dallas Mavericks had their six-game win streak snapped on Wednesday night, but they bounced back with another impressive 112-85 victory on Jan. 14. It took a dominating second half from Luka Doncic and the Mavs to snap the Memphis Grizzlies 11-game win streak in a crucial contest.
Dallas won their second of three meetings so far this season against Memphis. They are 5.5 games back in the standings, but the Mavericks can secure the tiebreaker with a win in the final matchup on Jan. 23 in Dallas.
There were struggles on Friday night, but the Mavs were not phased. Luka and company kept fighting before dominating the second half for their 23rd win of the season. Here is a closer look at Dallas’s performance, and a look at what it could mean for the Mavericks moving forward.
Luka Doncic triple-double leads Dallas Mavericks to win over Grizzlies
Doncic did not have his 3-point stroke on Friday night, so he worked his way into the midrange and lead the Mavs on an incredible second-half run. Luka had nine first-half points on 12 shots in what appeared it would be an off night for the superstar before he had ten in the third quarter to push Dallas in front.
Luka Doncic was not done. He put on an absolute show in the fourth to finish with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and ten assists in 32 minutes of action. Luka shot 12 of 22 from the field, despite missing all six of his 3-point tries. He dominated the mid-range in the second half as Dallas ran away with the game.
The Mavs defense stepped up to snap the Grizzlies 11-game win streak and put away one of the hottest teams in the league. Memphis had just 18 in the third quarter and could not get the lid off the basket in the fourth. Holding the Grizzlies to 85 points was impressive, and provides further evidence of the Mavericks' defensive improvement.
It was Luka’s 40th career triple-double and his fourth of the season. The 22-year-old is still trying to find his outside shot following his ten-game absence, but he continues to break records and make history. Expect Doncic’s play to only improve as the season progresses.
Luka left little doubt for fans on the fence about who to select in the All-Star voting. The 22-year-old superstar lead his team to an impressive win over Ja Morant and the Grizzlies on Jan. 14. Number 77 had more points, rebounds, and assists on Friday too. Morant passed Doncic in the latest round of voting, and MFFLs need to cast their ballots daily if they want Luka starting for the third straight year.
The Dallas Mavericks have no time to rest as they travel home to host the Orlando Magic on Saturday evening. Former Mavs assistant Jamahl Mosley will have the rebuilding Magic ready to pull the upset, so can Dallas sweep their back-to-back? Fans should be sure to tune in and find out.