A trap game; that’s what tonight had the potential of being.
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Lakers in overtime on Friday, tonight had all the makings of a game that the Cavs could steal from the Mavericks if they’re heads weren’t in the right place after such a gut wrenching loss two days prior.
And though the first three quarters were neck and neck, Luka and the Mavericks dominated the fourth quarter, to win 131-111. Luka led the way again with his second consecutive triple-double, finishing with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 15 assists; an absolutely ridiculous stat line. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds along with a dominant 6 blocks.
Luka, Luka, Luka
The kid is incredible. It’s astonishing just how good he is at only 20-years old. The past two games, Luka has been damn near perfect on the court. Sure, we saw him put up a handful of triple-double’s last season and have some great performances, but the first six games of this season just feels different.
Of course, he’s slimmed down so he seems to be a little quicker out there. But overall, the game just seems to have slowed down so much for Luka. I mean, two consecutive games with 15 assists? That’s damn near unheard of, especially for a 20-year old, not to mention the milestones he set last night with that second consecutive triple-double (see below).
If Luka can continue producing at this pace and the Mavericks continue to win, Luka is serious MVP candidate, not just for this season but for years to come.
– 1st player in @NBAHistory to record at least 29 PTS, 15 AST, 13 REB in back-to-back games.
– Youngest in NBA History to record consecutive 25-point triple-doubles.
– 2nd player in @dallasmavs franchise history with back-to-back 15-AST games, joining Jason Kidd. pic.twitter.com/aTzNKdCOhG
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 4, 2019
The Boban Experiment
Outside of Luka, KP, and J.J. Barea, would you say Boban is the fourth most popular current Maverick? You could make the argument just off the reception he gets from the crowd.
Boban has seen his first action of the season over the last two games. Against Cleveland, he scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds with a +/- of +25 in just 15 minutes. Yes, +25.
It’s truly fascinating watching Boban on the court. His size is mesmerizing as he’s always the biggest dude on the court. He towered over Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson during those 15 minutes.
One thing that seems evident; Luka loves passing Boban the ball. As craft as Doncic is with the basketball, drawing double teams and help when he drives the lane, opens up space for Luka to easily dish the ball to the 7’4″ big man.
Of course, Maxi Kleber was out with a knee contusion so that opened up more minutes for Boban in Cleveland but I think it’s become clear that Boban deserves minutes every game when paired up with Luka.
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