Luka Doncic returned to action after a three-game absence with sprains to his knee and left ankle and the Mavericks won again. They had competed well without their star twice against the Suns and in the last game against the Clippers, but they hadn’t been able to score any wins. With the help of the Slovenian, this time they beat the Angelenos in overtime: 104-112.
The Slovenian point guard finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Despite being doubtful due to his physical problems, he played 41 minutes. Good sign. The Mavericks didn’t need him to score in either the third quarter or overtime. They had the scoring of a stellar Kristaps Porzingis (30 points) and the help of Dorian Finney-Smith (17).
In an even game, Dallas promised them very happy when in the last quarter they led 92-102 with three minutes remaining. However, an 11-1 run tied the game. The creator of the equalizer was Paul George (25 points), who scored an astonishing side triple on the horn to take the duel into overtime.
In overtime, the Mavericks defense prevented their rival from scoring in play. The Clippers hit the ball twice between the rim and the backboard and were only able to score a free throw after a technique. Those from Dallas, already with their star, took a triumph of weight and merit in the confirmation that between the couple formed by Doncic and Porzingis there is more chemistry than in previous years. Barring injuries, they seem like two good pillars to build on.