Dončić clutch with 29 in Mavs’ win
Luka Dončić led the Dallas Mavericks to a 119-115 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dončić scored the final seven points for Dallas. He gave the Mavs the lead three times in the final 90 seconds, his three-pointer with 23.9 seconds on the clock gave the Mavs the lead for good. In Dallas they call it “Luca Magic”. Dončić has the second-best high-volume clutch field goal percentage in the league.
Dončić was two rebounds short of his first triple-double in the NBA, he scored 29 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals. This was Dončić’s third consecutive game with at least 27 points.
Slovenian teenager is the sixth rookie since the 1976 with 29, 12 assists and 8 rebounds in a game, joining Michael Jordan (twice), Kevin Johnson, Steve Francis, Stephen Curry (twice) and Victor Oladipo. He is the youngest player with at least 25 points and 10 assists since LeBron James in 2004.
Mavericks had a led as large as 14 points, but Minnesota’s 16-5 run evaporated Mavs’ lead. It was Dončić for the Mavs and Karl-Anthony Towns for the Timberwolves who stood out in the final quarter.
This was Dallas’ only fourth road win of the season.
The Mavs will host the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Luka once again showed that he is an All Star, even though this was only his 41st game in the NBA. On Thursday the league released its second round of voting results and Dončić is currently the second highest vote-getter in among forwards in the Western Conference trailing only LeBron James. He has the second most votes in the whole conference. He is even in front of Steph Curry who is third in all Western Conference voting and first among guards. Dončić’s votes place him fourth overall, behind James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving. Dončić received more votes than Slovenia, the county he’s from, has inhabitants.