Luka Doncic showed off one more night and he did so in a setting that is always special for all players, a Madison Square Garden that has been the star of some of the greatest exhibitions in NBA history. The Slovenian, with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, led the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over host New York Knicks 99-86.
Rare is the time when Luka Doncic plays and does not lead his team. Since his return after a couple of days separated by back pain, the Mavs know no defeat, three consecutive victories that secure them in the seventh square of the West (26-21) ahead of the San Antonio Spurs (24-22).
Doncic danced at the MSG with a wide repertoire of movements: jogs of all kinds to reach the basket and crush, to get rid of the rival and drop a missile in the form of a triple. He does it so many times that he is managing to stop the quality of his basketball from being newsworthy.
The Slovenian, in addition to shining personally, is also achieving incorporate your companions into the recipe. Five Mavs players hit double digits last night to cement a defense-based win.
Jalen brunsonWith 15 points, he was Dallas’ second leading scorer. Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. they added 14 points each and Josh richardson He added 11 to complete the choral performance of a Mavs led by his assistant coach.
Carlisle, vaccinated but positive for Covid-19
With Rick Carlisle discharged after testing positive for covid-19, Jamahl Mosley filled the managerial position for Dallas. As reported by Carlisle himself, that was supposed to play his 1,500th game in the NBA, the setback could be a false positive.
The Mavs head coach told reporters that has been vaccinated since the end of January, and that therefore it could be a false positive. Another option is for Carlisle to be an example of the small percentage of the population that is still infected with the virus but that thanks to the vaccine significantly reduces symptoms.
With the game over, Mosley assured that Carlisle had the go-ahead to travel to Washington to try to be on the bench this next morning from Saturday to Sunday in Spain.
Getaway in the last room
Dallas did not have a placid encounter against New York and started losing in the first quarter (25-22). Thanks to Doncic’s excellence, he managed to turn the game around before the break (46-49). At the start of the last quarter, the Mavs had a reduced 69-72 advantage that they expanded from the middle of the final period.
Powell and Brunson participated in the exchange that extended the advantage to double digits, which gave foot to Doncic’s lace with a triple on the horn, two trays and a powerful mate to sentence the match.
In a practically empty Madison with less than 2,000 fans in the stands, the Slovenian looked as if they were already full. Who else noticed the anecdotal audience was a Porzingis still booed for his departure from New York two years ago.
On the local side, Alec burks stood out with 20 points from the bench and J
ulius randle he followed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists in a disastrous night in shooting: 5-20 TC, 1-7 3P. New York’s 36% field goal shooters say it all about their game.