Luka Doncic has just rested after a break by the busy All Star in which he was the player who accumulated the most minutes on the court during the All-Star game. The Slovenian, despite everything, has resumed the NBA season in the same place where he left the bar: very high and with its nth triple-double.
The Dallas Mavericks player, just turned 22, continues to show that he is the present and future of the league American at the rate of daily exhibition. Last night they were 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the victory 115-104 against the San Antonio Spurs without LaMarcus Aldridge, who will be traded in the next few days.
Doncic led with his triple-double number 33 the triumph of the Mavs, who also had the best version of a Kristaps Porzingis on the rise in Rick Carlisle’s team’s four-game winning streak. The Latvian ended with 28 points and 14 rebounds to perfectly complement the European society of Dallas. “It has been tremendous,” summed up his coach.
In an even game, the Mavs used an excellent final section with a partial of 17-4 to close the meeting with an exclamation point. It’s not his usual form, and so he was more than welcome after reaching the break 52-59 down. Spurs missed 11 shots in a row in the decisive part of the match.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, handed out 11 assists and added 4 steals as the visitors’ leader. Patty Mills (14) and Rudy Gay (13) were the other two players who had more impact in the game for the Texans, who noticed the lack of forcefulness in the paint (51-30 in rebounds in favor of Dallas) and were riddled in the second-chance point set (21-2 ).
“We have lost the game on the boards”, Gregg Popovich appreciated. “Porzingis has been great there. I think we have done a great job with Doncic. We have played hard, well, but we have made too many mental errors, some lack of rhythm and we have sometimes failed in attack ”.
Porzingis has chained three double-doubles in a row and has seven in his last 12 games. “I think I’m getting there. I must keep working. After the operation the leg does not feel the same “, valued the Latvian, who underwent surgery before the start of the course to solve persistent problems in his knees.
With his 33rd triple-double of his short NBA career, Doncic tied the legendary Bob Cousy in the eleventh position of the historical list of the NBA. With only 166 games played, the Slovenian is at the gates of the top 10 of all time.