In sparkling form, Luka Doncic ended the year on a final recital by scoring 51 points which allowed the Mavs to win on Saturday on the Spurs floor (126-125), in the NBA. With a little stroke of genius in the last seconds…
« We will keep it under 50 points, » promised Gregg Popovich with a big smile. Spoiler: he crashed. Like so many others before him, the legendary Spurs coach could not cope with the tornado Luka Doncic. To wrap up 2022 and the end of the year celebrations in style, the Slovenian phenomenon managed a third meeting with more than 50 points. On a small cloud, he slammed 51 to allow Dallas to overcome San Antonio after a hell of a showdown (126-125).
A new masterful performance
In 37 minutes, he signed an 18 of 29 shooting (including 6 of 10 three-pointers), offered 9 assists and took 6 rebounds. Just that. Here he is now at nearly 37 points on average for the season, in a team that remains on six straight wins before going to Houston on Monday. On Saturday evening, Doncic went all out as he scored the last two points for the Mavs before taking a final rebound on a missed free throw from Tre Jones, sealing the 21st victory of the season (in 37 games ) of the Texas franchise.
An image also made an impression: at the end of the suspense, with one second left to play, the former Real player deliberately missed a free throw, sending the ball over the hoop to recover his own rebound and not give Spurs no chance of winning or equalizing at the buzzer. A lot of mischief and mastery for the one who admitted to being « exhausted » by the series of meetings. « Our defense was not extraordinary. But, towards the end, we managed a pair of blocks. And we win, full stop », he simply reacted.
Christian Wood (25 points, 7 rebounds) was more talkative about his teammate’s new XXL performance: « It’s incredible… In seven years in the NBA, I’ve never seen someone do this he’s been able to do. He’s on an incredible streak, he’s playing like an MVP. » And it’s not Gregg Popovich who will say the opposite.