NBA news: How Luka Doncic led the Mavericks past the Bucks with a stunning three-minute burst in the fourth quarter.
Luka Doncic returned to the game early in the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon, with his Dallas Mavericks trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by one. After Doncic staged a spectacular 11-2 run, the game was over in less than three minutes. The Mavericks had taken an eight-point lead and would never trail again.
The Bucks and Mavericks will play on national television on Sunday afternoon. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic were billed as two of the game’s brightest rising talents.
The former has been outstanding recently, and he may earn his third MVP award. In this game, though, it was the latter who was the greatest player on the court.
“With the ball in his hands so much, he’ll score some points and assists eventually,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He outperformed us today.”
NBA news: Doncic’s entire performance was impressive
Doncic led the Mavericks to a 118-112 victory with 32 points, eight rebounds, 15 assists, and three steals. He didn’t quite get another triple-double, but he came close.
He did, however, extend his 30-point run to five games, the longest in his career. He also had his third 30-point, the 15-assist game of the season, which is more than the rest of the league put together.
His entire performance was outstanding, as seen by the statistics and awards he received. The three-minute span in the fourth quarter, though, was particularly notable. It’s so good that it’s worth going over it again and again.
After Doncic returned to the game, the Mavericks wasted no time in getting him the ball. And, while he was in command up top, he requested a high-ball screen with Dwight Powell. That’s one of Doncic’s faves, but the fact that Giannis was guarding Powell made it more intriguing. Whatever the case may be, Doncic desired the swap and that particular matchup.
A few seconds later, he demonstrated why, displaying a variety of dribbling manoeuvres before launching a beautiful step-back 3 over the Greek Freak’s outstretched arm:
Doncic had the ball back at the top of the key a minute later. He went up against Khris Middleton this time, and he elected not to use a screen. Instead, he went iso and utilized a behind-the-back dribble to throw Middleton off, then dipped his shoulder to enter the area and draw a foul.
It was remarkable to watch Doncic take command of the game and virtually solve the Bucks’ defence in real-time. He was certain of what he intended to accomplish, why he wanted to do it, and when it would take place.