The Dallas Mavericks snapped their three-game losing streak with a 112-104 overtime win over the LA Clippers as superstar Luka Doncic returned to the court on Nov. 23. It was a wild contest as the rivalry between the two teams rarely disappoints.
Doncic was questionable after missing three straight games with ankle and knee sprains. He tested things in pregame warmups before being made active just one hour before tipoff. The 22-year-old was impressive in his return as he helped the Mavs snap their losing streak.
Dallas used a 38-point third quarter to grab the lead that included a gutsy decision by head coach Jason Kidd to leave Luka on the floor with four fouls. It looked like the Mavs would win in regulation, but the Clippers dominated crunch time, including a Paul George buzzer-beater, to send it to overtime. The Mavericks would not be denied in the extra five minutes, but who stood out in their win over the Clippers?
2 studs and 1 dud from Dallas Mavericks win over Clippers in Luka Doncic’s return
The Mavs had several standout performances in Tuesday’s win. Dorian Finney-Smith had a season-high 17 points on seven of 14 shooting from the field in 49 minutes of action. Reggie Bullock and Frank Ntilikina were ruled out before tipoff, meaning Doe-Doe needed to step up, and he did not disappoint as he also had three steals and one block.
Jalen Brunson suffered a foot injury in the second quarter and did not return. It was difficult to watch because the 25-year-old has been outstanding to start the season. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Mavericks fans will be watching closely for updates.
It was an outstanding win by the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, and here are two studs and one dud from the contest, including Luka Doncic in his return from injury.