February 2, 2023

NasdaqNewsUpdates

Complete News World

Luka Doncic scored 51 points as the Mavs cruised to victory over Tottenham

San Antonio – Superstar Luka Doncic He finished a historic five-game streak with 51 points, and the Dallas Mavericks needed all of them to beat the San Antonio Spurs.

Doncic hit two rebounds and two free throws in the last 4.5 seconds, helping Dallas escape with a 126-125 win over San Antonio on Saturday night, the Mavs’ sixth in a row.

It was his third-highest 50-point game in the past five games, including 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists on Tuesday night in the overtime win over the New York Knicks. He is the first player in NBA history with 250 points, 50 rebounds, and 50 assists over five games.

“It’s unbelievable,” Mavericks center Christian Wood He said. “In my seven years in the league, I’ve never seen anyone do what they can do. He’s running an amazing run. He’s playing like the best player in the league. He’s clearly one of the best players in the league.”

Wood added 25 points in Dallas’ fifth consecutive win over San Antonio.

Keldon Johnson He got 30 points for Sam Antonio, Jeremy Suchan 20 and added Jacob Boeltel He had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

After leading by 17 points, the Mavericks had to scramble in the final minute.

San Antonio guard Trey Jones A foul was committed by the Dallas forward Davis Bertans After Jones intentionally missed the second of two free throws with the Spurs trailing 126-124. Jones then made the first free throw, but missed the second.

Doncic missed two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to deny San Antonio a successful shot attempt.

See also  Manchester United considering loan transfer to USMNT captain Christian Pulisic

“It’s not easy winning here,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “But, again, Luca was amazing. He got us out again by missing free throws as much as he wanted to make those free throws all the way up the field, so they wouldn’t have time to set up a play.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had jokingly vowed that Doncic would be held under 50 points. The Mavericks star almost plays along.

“No, I just wanted to win,” Doncic said of his 51-point ride.

But 51 points was nice, right?

Of course, Doncic said with a big smile.

The 6-foot-7 forward hung on 49 points in the fourth quarter half but made two free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining to reach 50 points for the fourth time in his career. Doncic averaged 35.1 points in December, the highest scoring average of any month in Mavericks franchise history. Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki has had two 50-point games in his career.

Doncic dominated San Antonio with his usual combo of jumpers, three-pointers and free throws. It was 18-for-28 from the field.

“Yes, we had a good team effort and an individual effort with him, but he’s a great player,” Popovic said. “His IQ is off the charts. So, we’d rather win than lose like everyone else in the world, however [I’m] Really proud of their efforts and the way they kept going even after we fell whatever it was, 13th, 14th, I don’t remember.”

Doncic scored 22 points in the first quarter along with an assist, accounting for all but eight of the Mavericks’ points in the opening period.

See also  NFL+ is making its debut - with some major caveats