Mavericks (3-0) marvel at Luka’s monstrous numbers after topping Memphis

MEMPHIS – The NBA’s front-runner for MVP after three games is none other than Luka Dončić.

Last night, Dončić continued his impressive performance, leading the Mavericks to a 125-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.

Dončić recorded his second triple-double of the season, tallying 35 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds. Combined with his monstrous 49-point game against Brooklyn last Friday, it’s clear that Luka has taken the spotlight in the first week of the NBA season.

The Mavericks’ win also marked their first 3-0 start since the 2004-05 season. They capitalized on 23 three-pointers, out of 47 attempts.

“We need to enjoy these wins,” Coach Jason Kidd remarked. “We’ve had a great start, but we know it’s a long season.”

Although the Mavericks seemed to be cruising, with a comfortable 107-90 lead and only 8:30 remaining, the Grizzlies managed to stage a comeback and cut the deficit to 110-106 with 5:15 left.

But this was when Luka decided to shine. First, Josh Green, filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving, nailed a bank shot, and then Luka hit a crucial three-pointer over reigning defensive player of the year Jaren Jackson Jr., extending their lead to 115-106 with 4:15 remaining.

There was no looking back for the Grizzlies after that.

Luka showcased his versatility with some incredible full-court passes that resulted in easy baskets for Derrick Jones Jr. “I should be a quarterback,” Luka jokingly told the ref. “When they run, I will always try to reward them.”

Derrick Jones Jr. had an outstanding game, contributing 22 points, surpassing his highest scoring game of last season with the Chicago Bulls.

Undoubtedly, Luka was the catalyst for the team’s success.

“Luka’s magic—a triple-double performance,” Coach Jason Kidd exclaimed. “I enjoy seeing those turnovers when he’s trying to push the ball up the court. It just makes the game so much easier when you have teammates running with him.”

Due to discomfort in his left foot, Kyrie Irving was sidelined for the game. As a result, it was expected that Luka would take center stage.

However, other players also made significant contributions. Grant Williams had his best game of the season with 15 points. In the third quarter, a flagrant-1 foul was called on Jaren Jackson Jr. for a collision with Williams, leading to a four-point play for the Mavericks when Tim Hardaway Jr. made two free throws.

The Mavericks held a 97-86 lead going into the fourth quarter, and even though the Grizzlies made a late run, Luka’s dominance ensured the victory. He is currently averaging an astonishing 39 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per game.

“Luka’s numbers speak for themselves,” Tim Hardaway Jr. stated. “Our job is to support him and make his job easier.”

Dončić’s standout performance came in the second quarter when he scored the Mavericks’ last 11 points, making four consecutive field goals, including a 31-foot three-pointer over Desmond Bane.

“What he does in practice,” Hardaway explained, “I don’t know what else to say. I’ve been on the receiving end of that, trying to guard him in practice. He’s just talented.”

Prior to the game, Coach Kidd emphasized the importance of defending the Grizzlies’ role players in the absence of star player Ja Morant, who was suspended by the NBA.

Kidd’s words rang true. Luka Dončić solidified his status as a star, leading the Mavericks to another victory.

X: @ESefko



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