DALLAS – All-Star point guard Luka Dončić returned after he missed seven straight games due to a sprained right ankle. The 20-year old sensation from Slovenia showed no signs that he was sidelined as he scored 33 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 130-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Slovenian guard and reigning NBA rookie of the year felt great during his first game since January 28. “Great game,” said Dončić after the game. “I’m glad to be out there just playing basketball. And I’m glad we got a win.”
Dončič and Kristaps Porzingis proved they are a dangerous duo. They combined for 60 points. “It’s great that we both had those nights,” said Dončić. “We’ve got to keep working, and we’re going to get better and better.”
Luka Dončić and Kristaps Porzingis tonight, combined:
60 points on 21-34 FGs (.618), 25 rebounds, 13 assists and 3 blocks. pic.twitter.com/ffcBKBy9tQ
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) February 13, 2020
Dončić recorded his 17th career 30-point, 10-rebound game, passing LeBron James for the most such games in the NBA history by a player before turning 21 years old. Dončič will celebrate his 21st birthday on February 28.
The Mavericks are heading into an All-Star break with a 33-22 record. Their next game in February 21 against the Orlando Magic.
Dončić has a busy weekend ahead of him. He will play in both the Rising Stars and All-Star game in Chicago.