Luka Doncic’s triple-double was not enough to get past the Milwaukee Bucks as they came up short 116-106. Dallas will finish this road trip 0-2 and head back to the American Airlines Center to take on the Clippers tonight.
After leading at halftime 59-57, they fell behind 92-84 heading into the fourth quarter. Dallas had a nice 11-0 run to cut the score down to 104-98 late in the fourth but it wasn’t enough.
The Mavs like the rest of the NBA just do not have an answer for the “Greek Freak”. Giannis led the bucks to victory with 31 points and 15 rebounds, it is clear to see why he is a MVP candidate.
Luka Doncic becomes the second youngest player to record a triple double at 19 years and 27 days. He finished shooting 6-17 on yet another rough night from field.
It’s plain to see that teams are defending Doncic differently as of late. He is not getting to the free throw line like before, at what was close to 10 attempts a game in December. Defenders are not biting on his pump fakes as much and are allowing open perimeter shots. Unfortunately, Dallas is unable to make teams pay on open looks not allowing easy lanes for Luka.
Today is the last day to vote Doncic for the All-Star game. If his many highlights, clutch plays, and today’s triple double doesn’t get him it will be a travesty.
Brunson making an impact
With the team missing their top two floor generals in Smith and Barea, Brunson has stepped in nicely. Today he contributed 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists in another starting opportunity.
He spaces the floor well with his perimeter game knocking down two threes in Milwaukee. But what really impresses is his poise when running the offense. He still over dribbles at times and can force a shot up or two. Yet he never seems to be lost on the floor, making smart cuts to the basket and trying to get his teammates involved.
He is having a remarkable rookie year that is over shadowed by Doncic and to a lesser extent DSJ. He will never have the highlight dunks of Smith or the flair that is “Luka Magic” and that’s okay. What he brings to the table is a steady hand to run the offense one that might be handed the keys to the bench much sooner than everyone expected.
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