The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Atlanta Hawks in their season opener, and nobody wanted to help the team bounce back more than superstar Luka Doncic. He had 18 points in the opener, but was just six of 17 from the field as the Mavs managed to score just 87. It was an ugly night that had fans a bit worried.
The hangover continued early in the second game of the season against the Toronto Raptors as they were down 11-2 at the start in Canada. Doncic was two of five in the first quarter as the Mavs trailed by seven after 12 minutes, but the 22-year-old superstar got things back on track.
The Mavericks dominated the second half sparked by an incredible third quarter from Luka to get their first win of the season. Doncic narrowly missed his first triple-double in what turned into a comfortable victory. Here is a closer look at his incredible performance on Saturday night.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic leads Dallas over Raptors in Toronto
Doncic had just 11 first-half points as the Raptors led by six, but it included an incredible finish from Luka that seemed unbelievable in the moment. See the beautiful floater below.
New Mavs head coach Jason Kidd turned to a familiar substitution pattern for Doncic in the second half as he let his superstar play the entire 12 minutes in the third quarter. Luka was incredible as he produced 12 points, four assists, and four rebounds as Dallas won the quarter by nine. Fans have seen Doncic dominate the third quarter in his career, and it was refreshing to see J-Kidd let him stay on the floor for the entire 12 minutes.
The Mavericks further pushed the advantage in the fourth as Tim Hardaway Jr. got white-hot. Luka returned with nine minutes left in the quarter and helped Dallas finish the Raptors off. He finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, and one block in 39 minutes of action. Doncic was 11 of 24 from the field in Toronto, including hitting half of his 14 shots in the second half.
The Dallas Mavericks got back on track and look ready to go on a run. They have their home opener up next as they face the Houston Rockets on Oct. 26. Fans will not want to miss that as Luka Doncic has it locked in and should be in store for a monster performance against their rebuilding rivals. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show.