Dallas – Luka Doncicwho admitted to fatigue after a pair of off games during the game Dallas Mavericks‘ 0-2 Road Trip Reported for work this week, Saturday night. He attributed his energy to a great recovery day and “two, three, four” shots of pregame espresso, as well as Red Bull.
“He had a 42, triple-double, just a little walk in the park,” said Dallas coach Jason Kidd.
Doncic hasn’t built up that kind of remarkable production routine, but it was already the fourth 40-point triple-double of the 23-year-old’s career. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, it ranks sixth in NBA history.
The performance came on the heels of Doncic falling under 30 points twice earlier this season. His nine consecutive 30-point performances was the second-longest such streak to start the season, ranking only after Wilt Chamberlain’s 23-game run to begin the 1962–63 campaign.
Kidd expresses concern after back-to-back defeats orlando magic And Washington Wizards – when Doncic shot a combined 17 for 50 off the floor – that Maw was asking too much of his superstar. Doncic is leading the league in utilization rate for the third consecutive season.
“He’s human,” said Kidd. “But I think losing two in a row and not playing well, the people who have seen him the most, he has always bounced back. That’s what he did tonight. He could have easily dropped the game to rest, but He fought and brought us to a winning position.”
Doncic dominated the Blazers by attacking with a dribble. He was 13-in-22 off the floor, but had two buckets of paint coming in, and 15-of-18 off the line, attempting more free throws than in the previous two games.
“I was just attacking the paint,” said Doncic, who ranks 10th in NBA history with 49 triple-doubles. “You can see that in the last two games I didn’t get the free throw line and I wasn’t efficient because I wasn’t going into the lane.”
The Blazers were determined not to let Doncic hit him down the stretch, trapping him to get the ball out of his hands. His teammates responded by making 3-pointers on four straight assets to take command in the final minutes, the first came from a Doncic assist and the next three off-ball movements were initiated by him.
“Luca does a phenomenal job of being a problem for the defence,” said the Mavs guard. Spencer Dinwiddie, whose 20-point, 7-rebound, 6-assist outing was highlighted by Clutch Flurry’s first three 3s. “He gets two on the ball, and he reads right, right pass.”
Doncic consistently created a wide-open 3-point look for his teammates throughout the night. In addition to Dinwiddie (six out of three), the Mavs struggled shooting from the deep (14-43 overall). However, Doncic did not hesitate to release the ball with play on the line, as a Mavs team that was poor in clutch conditions closed the Blazers.
“I draw the defense, just attack the paint and take it out, and they’re going to open all games,” said Doncic, who is leading the league with 34.3 points per game and eighth in assists. in place (8.1). “Just keep shooting. I always tell them, ‘Keep shooting.’ You are open, you have to shoot it. That’s it. I’m going to put my trust in him. It’s easy for me.”
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