The Dallas Mavericks got a 25-point triple-double from superstar Luka Doncic on Nov. 29. He nailed a season-high seven 3-pointers and led the team in scoring, but that was about all that went right for Dallas on Monday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a top ten defense, and the Mavs struggled mightily from the field at the American Airlines Center. The result was a 114-96 victory for the Cavs. It snapped a six-game winning streaking by Dallas over Cleveland in what turned into the Mavericks' worse performance of the season.
Luka made a bit of history on Nov. 29, even in the blowout loss. Here is a closer look at his accomplishment, and what the Mavericks need to do to bounce back on Wednesday night in New Orleans.
Luka Doncic makes history as Dallas Mavericks get dominated by Cavaliers
Luka had his 33rd career game with five 3-pointers made on Monday night, which passed Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki for the top spot in franchise history, according to Mavs PR. It was a night to forget for Luka and his teammates, but that did not stop the 22-year-old from putting his name in the history books.
The Mavericks shot better after the game was out of reach, but they struggled to get their offense going all night. Dallas has just 18 points in the second quarter and did not top 24 until the final period. Poor shooting fueled the struggles, and the Mavs should be better on Wednesday night.
Dallas must be better on the defensive end of the floor. The Cavaliers got way too many easy buckets on Monday night, and that helped them run away with the contest.
Jalen Brunson, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr. need to step up. It looked like Luka Doncic was going to have to do it all against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. His supporting cast must be better for the Mavs to snap their two-game losing streak.
The Dallas Mavericks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday night. Zion Williamson is unlikely to play. Dallas needs to get back on track and take care of business against the struggling Pels, and fans should keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.