The Dallas Mavericks survived a scare as they held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Luka Doncic scored 24 points, however, it was an inefficient night for him. During the game, he was also close to being postered by Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards.
The 2020 #1 pick has built a reputation with his explosiveness. He is struggling with his jumpshot, but he has left opponents dizzy with his athleticism and finishing. Towards the end of the second quarter, Edwards had the ball as the shot clock was winding down. Doncic was guarding him, and he knew it was a mismatch.
Edwards zipped past him with a quick step and caught him off guard. He drove to the rim and finished with a powerful dunk. Mavericks’ Dwight Powell didn’t bother contesting, otherwise it would have been a mean poster for the Timberwolves young star.
Despite not being at his best, Luka Doncic leads the Mavs to a win
From the start of the season, the Mavericks have been very dependent on Luka. And he hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations. He has had some brilliant displays, but overall he has been far from his best.
Tonight, he struggled with efficiency, shooting just 40% from the field, and just 14% from three. But he scored 14 out of the Mavs’ 32 points in the fourth quarter, which helped them to keep the Timberwolves at bay. They conceded 45 points the last 12 minutes and still managed to hold on and squeezed out a five point win.
Kristaps Porzingis continued his form, finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds, and a monster six blocks. He shot brilliantly as well, going 52% from the field and 57% from three. Tim Hardaway Jr. also stepped up with 24 points while shooting 60% from the field.
This team effort is what they were lacking earlier in the season. They relied on Doncic a lot, and tonight they showed they can win as a team. This is their third win in four games, and will help them to build momentum for their next game against the Hawks on Wednesday. They beat them last week, and will aim to repeat that.
The Mavs are still 14th in the Western Conference, so they need to pick up their form soon, or risk missing out on the playoffs.
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