Dallas Mavericks rookie pointkeeper Luka Doncic entered the fourth quarter at the Target Center in Minneapolis to become one of the youngest players ever to record a triple double.
Doncic finally failed due to two rebounds. Instead, he decided to capture the souls of the Minnesota Timberwolves instead.
Doncic, the third overall NBA draft of 2018, completed a 119-115 Dallas win with 29 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 steals. Most impressive, however, was after the Mavericks had a lead of 14 points in the first half and 10 points 5/50 in the final quarter.
The Mavericks phenomenon has a rare blend of skill and know-how and swag that leaves its experienced teammates in awe.
A 16-5 Minnesota run evaporated Dallas' lead, with Timberwolves Center scoring Karl-Anthony Towns 10 of those points and Minnesota scoring a goal after 10: 5 defeats
After Towns scored 1:41 In the fourth quarter, Doncic set to work. It began with a pick-and-roll with Center DeAndre Jordan, which allowed Doncic to go downhill and convert on a floater over Towns, giving Dallas a 112-111 lead at 1:28 to the left. Minnesota regained the lead following a floater from point guard Jeff Teague, but then Doncic took another screen from Jordan to skim the entire Minnesota forecourt.
With less than a minute of regulation Luka Doncic crushes a dunk and hangs on the rim.
That was not enough, of course. Teague missed another floater, but Minnesota striker Taj Gibson announced the failure to force a time-out of 35.7 seconds from Dallas and the Timberwolves to 115-114.
Gibson stole Doncic out of time-out, but Minnesota rookie Josh Okogie reversed the ball again. After his team had no more timeouts, Doncic pulled out with 18 seconds before the firing and launched a 28-foot-3-pointer. Towns ran out. It does not matter that Doncic had missed seven of his previous eight 3s. This one was good and presented the last change.
Luka Doncic sinks with 3 hands to give the Mavericks a three second lead over the Timberwolves
Minnesota would hit the ball Turning around after a break, Harrison Barnes, the small striker from Dallas, dropped the game to claim Dallas' only fourth victory of the season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Vince Carter was the last rookie to beat Vince Carter against the Indiana Pacers on April 1, 1999, conceding three goals in the last two minutes of regulation before the Doncic conceded two times in the league's high-hp division.
|Victor Oladipo, Indiana||63.2||24-38|
|Luka Doncic, Dallas||57.1  24-42|
|Bradley Beal, Washington||53.5||23-43|
|Nikola Jokic, Denver||53.5||23-43|
|De 'Aaron Fox, Sacramento||] 51.4||18-35|
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Doncic is expanding its sensational rookie performances. He is the sixth rookie since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger with 29 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds in one game. He joined Michael Jordan (twice), Kevin Johnson, Steve Francis, Stephen Curry (twice) and Victor at Oladipo, according to Elias Sports Bureau. According to ESPN Stats & Info he is the youngest player with at least 25 points and 10 assists since LeBron James in 2004. And he continues to receive recognition from his peers.
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Doncic's next opportunity to retire will be at home against the Golden State Warriors . The Mavericks will need Doncic to continue leading them to victory as the Mavericks still have two games under .500 at 20-22. the same record as Minnesota and New Orleans in a wide-open Western conference.