News ID: 262385
Published: 0307 GMT December 02, 2019

Luka gets 27, Mavs snap Lakers’ 10-game win streak

Luka gets 27, Mavs snap Lakers’ 10-game win streak

Luka Doncic (C) of Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, the US, on December 1, 2019.

Luka Doncic dribbled up to LeBron James, stepped back and coolly drained a three-pointer from well behind the line. The Dallas Mavericks’ driving force then threw a telling stare toward Dirk Nowitzki at courtside before he headed off to wrap up a major win.

When the Mavs visited Staples Center a year ago, Doncic was nervous before he faced his boyhood idol, and he sought an autographed jersey afterward, The Associated Press reported.

Although the Slovenian youngster still admires the veteran star, Doncic is showing he belongs in the same galaxy.

Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in a dynamic second half, and the Mavericks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ 10-game winning streak with a 114-100 victory on Sunday.

Doncic also had 10 assists and nine rebounds in Dallas’ seventh victory in eight games. The Mavs erased a halftime deficit with a 28-5 run in an excellent third quarter led by Doncic, who had 16 points and five assists in the third after going two for nine in a self-described “awful” first half.

“It’s a great win that means a lot to us,” Doncic said.

“It shows that we can play against big teams, too. We just need to keep it rolling.”

The Mavs comfortably maintained their big lead in the fourth, and Doncic provided some late showmanship by hitting that fourth three-pointer over James and staring toward Nowitzki, who had center court seats.

“He hit a couple of hellacious shots,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “There’s just a small handful of guys in the whole world that can hit them. LeBron James is one of them. He’s one of them. Those step-back 30-footers, it’s hard to describe how difficult the shot is, and how easy he makes it look.”

Delon Wright had 17 points and nine assists, and Kristaps Porzingis added 15 points as Dallas underlined its status as a likely title contender with an inspired second half on the road against the NBA-leading Lakers, who had lost only once in 18 games since their season opener.

James had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3 by losing this matchup between two of the NBA’s highest-scoring teams. The Lakers’ longest winning streak in 10 years ended with their largest defeat of the young season.

“It’s one game,” said Anthony Davis, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds.

“We’re not going to get down over this loss. We know what type of team we are, we know now. We played well. And they beat us, but we beat ourselves with the rebounding, so we know what we’ve got to do better.”




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