Luka Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks to a 114-110 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Doncic finished the game with 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists. He became the youngest player to finish with 30 or more points, 20 or more rebounds, and 10 or more assists. Doncic shot 12-24 from the field and 2-6 from the three-point line. He also finished 8-11 from the free-throw line.
Doncic had this to say after the game about this performance, “We needed that, we played, I think, one of the worst games ever and we won. We didn’t play good. We still hang in there, help each other, never give up. I’m proud of the win.”
It was the Mavricvks’ first win in the bubble after three games. They lost to the Houston Rockets in overtime last Friday 153-149 and lost to the Phoenix Suns 117-115 this past Sunday. So the victory was much needed for the Mavericks.
In the last three games, Doncic has been playing outstanding. He is averaging 34 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 11 assist in three games in the bubble—Including a 40-point game on Sunday against the Suns.
Doncic is at his best with the ball in his hand; he can score while also getting his teammates involved. He led Dallas in the game against the Kings with 12 assists, which led to Kristaps Porzingis who scored 22 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 points.
If Dallas wants to make noise in the playoffs, it will be up to Doncic to lead the way. He will have the ball in his hands and will need to play at a high level. Opposing teams will try to keep him out of the paint. So he can’t drive and kick or score at the basket. Doncic struggles from three, so if you slow down his driving ability, you can be a little successful. But its easier said than done.
It will be fun to watch what Luka Doncic can do in the playoffs when the lights are bright.