Luka Doncic triple-double helps Mavericks cruise past Blazers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, and everybody just wanted to rinse the taste out of their mouth, so Luka Doncic and company tied their second-highest scoring game of the season with a 132-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 26. The Mavs never trailed as they won for the 12th time in their last 15 games.

It was an impressive offensive night for the Mavericks as both teams were on the second night of back-to-back. Dallas scored 40 in the opening quarter and never looked back, and of course, Luka was at the center of it all. The 22-year-old had his sixth triple-double of the season, and it was another impressive one.

Doncic finished with 15 points, 15 assists, ten rebounds, and one steal on Wednesday night. He was four of 11 from the field, and his streak of 11 straight 20-point games was snapped as the Mavericks outscored the Blazers by 11 in Luka’s 37 minutes on the floor. Here is a look at what made his night special and what to expect going forward.

Luka Doncic triple-double helps Dallas Mavericks roll past Blazers

Luka had his second 15-point, 15-assist triple-double of the season on Jan. 26, and the rest of the players in the NBA have produced two of those contests. Nikola Jokic and Dejounte Murray each have one so far this season.

It was not Luka’s best performance and the Mavericks are still working out their rotations after Tim Hardaway’s injury. Doncic started and did not come out of the game until 7:30 left in the second quarter. He played 37 minutes, despite sitting the last 2:28 in the blowout win.

The Mavericks were impressive on Wednesday night in Portland. Jalen Brunson had 20 points and 11 assists without turning the ball over. Dallas had seven players in double-figures as they dominated the Blazers to get back on track.

Mavs PR notes the team has won six of the eight times that at least six players have scored in double figures. Dallas is tough to stop when they have a balanced attack like they did in Portland.

They moved within two games of the Utah Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference with the win. Luka Doncic is just heating up after a slow start to the season. It was his third triple-double since Jan. 14. Fans should be excited because the best is still yet to come from number 77.

The Dallas Mavericks return home to face the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 29. They have a second straight back-to-back set as they play on Saturday at home before traveling to Orlando on Sunday to face the Magic. Expect Luka Doncic to stay hot, and fans won’t want to miss it, so stay tuned.

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