Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in a dynamic second half, and the Mavericks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game winning streak with a 114-100 victory Sunday. He is so poised even in crucial situations, and I don't know if he understands that he is in a crucial situation or it'ss nothing to him. The Mavs erased a halftime deficit with a 28-5 run in an excellent third quarter led by Doncic, who had 16 points and five assists in the third after going 2 for 9 in a self-described "awful" first half.
"I think we did a great job, especially in the second half", Doncic told Fox Sports Southwest's Mark Followill after the game.
Despite the Slovenian's success, Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki had doubts about how Doncic would fare in his second year.
The MVP campaign for the 20-year-old continues to strengthen with each stunning performance, as he finished with 42 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in the Mavericks 120-113 win.
Talent often wins out in the National Basketball Association and Los Angeles will always be in games whenever Davis and James suit up. He had three early steals and got into the body of Kristaps Porzingis to force one of them. "We just need to keep it rolling". As such, the Lakers getting waxed by a good team at Staples Center ON THE FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER could feel like the naysayers are on a path to being declared prophets. "So, we did good things and stuck together and it's a really good win for us". "But he seemed to have gotten even better". "If we play to our abilities, there's nobody we can't beat and nowhere we can't get a W, so we gotta make sure that we respond from this and bounce back and try to get a W a couple days from now".
The Lakers cut the gap to 10 with a 10-0 run after a layup by Rajon Rondo, but the Mavericks regrouped to seize a 94-79 lead at the end of the third.
LeBron James had 25 points, eight assists and nine rebounds while Anthony Davis had 27 points but the Lakers duo got little help with Alex Caruso the only player scoring in double-figures (10 points).
After fighting through a thrilling triple-double showdown that just slipped out of his reach, Luka Doncic was bound and determined to avenge last month's overtime loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon.