We are all spoiled with Luka Doncic.
The Dallas Mavericks (12-6) defeated the Phoenix Suns (8-10) 120-113 Friday night in Phoenix. Luka Doncic bounces back with a game to remember as he tied his career-high in points with 42 points (12-24 shooting), and added 11 assists and 9 rebounds. The most important stat of his night, only 2 turnovers. Luka is one of three players in NBA history, to average a 30+ point triple-double for a calendar month as he has now done in November this Season (The other two players were Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook). Kristaps Porzingis struggled shooting the ball all night as he put in 2 points (0-8 shooting), scoring only from the free throw line. The thing I really liked about him though was that he was productive in other areas, collecting 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has cemented his name as a starter. The past 5 games where THJ has started, he is averaging 20.2 points (60% FG%), 2.8 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game in 28.8 minutes per game. The Mavericks are 4-1 in those games as well. With Porzingis’ off night scoring, Hardaway Jr dropper 26 points (8-14 shooting) and 3 rebounds. Hopefully he has found his new role and continues the upward trend as the Mavs need a consisted third scoring option.
The score was 53-50 at halftime while the Suns were playing without their starting Center Deadre Ayton (suspension). Dallas struggled when Luka Doncic subbed out of the game but were able to pull of the victory, outscoring Memphis 67-63 in the 2nd half.
Seth Curry scored 11 points (2-16 shooting). I would like to see him get at least 10 shots a game, he has proven to be one of the best shooters in the League over the past few years so we need to find ways to continue to get him shots despite the recent struggles. Maxi Kleber put up 9 points (4-10 shooting) and 7 rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 8 points (2-5 shooting).
Dwight Powell has to be better, we need his effort but he has struggled this season. Powell is averaging 7.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. That’s not cutting it as the Mavs starting Center playing 25.1 minutes per game.
It was a dog fight between both teams, multiple scuffles in the game between Aaron Baynes against Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Ricky Rubio also getting into it with Dwight Powell.
The Mavericks have a challenge on their hands as they take on the #1 record in the Western Conference Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James continues his legendary career at the top of the West as he is joined by NBA superstar Anthony Davis. The Lakers are on a 10 game winning-streak as they tie their franchise best start to a season. The Mavericks had the Lakers in their crosshairs earlier this Season at home but they were ripped away by Dwight Howards long cheating arms.
Now the Dallas Mavericks (12-6) travel to California as they take on the Los Angeles (17-2) Sunday at 3:00pm CT to try to avenge that painful loss. We will host a Mavs Watch Party at Westlake Brewing Company in Deep Ellum, Dallas for this game so come out and join us! Our Mavs Fans For Life writers will be in attendance, ready to talk anything Mavs with fellow fans as we enjoy some craft beer, tasty food, and Luka Magic.