The Dallas Mavericks stormed back from a 12-point deficit, defeating the Denver Nuggets 124-117 in extra time at Ball Arena Thursday night.
Both teams struggled to score earlier this season , but Thursday’s win brought the Mavs (4: 4) to an even score of 0.500 when Luka Doncic took the lead with 38 points. The nuggets fell to 3-5 a year despite another efficient performance from Nikola Jokic, who quickly became one of the league’s best players.
The nationally televised competition was another opportunity for Jokic and Doncic to to demonstrate their diverse skills when Denver played without striker Michael Porter Jr. The sophomore has paused the last four games under the league’s health and safety protocols.
Dallas has now won three of its last four competitions and is affiliated with the New Orleans Pelicans at the top of the Southwest Division / p> Few players were as exceptional and reliable as the great Denver franchisee at the start of the season. Thursday only added to that performance.
Every time the nuggets needed a simple bucket, the ball found its way into Jokic’s hands. Whenever the Mavericks ran, it was Jokic who calmed them down. And when the Nuggets dropped two, 2.4 seconds ahead, it was Jokic who buried a 19-foot step backward on the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
For the past two seasons, Nikola Jokic has Scored 5: 5 points within the last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter / OT 5.
His 5 tokens are the most from any player in this time span. https://t.co/yYjpFyxScU
Of the center’s 38 points, 17 came in the fourth quarter when a 12-point lead in Denver turned into a back-and-forth affair that required the extra frame. The fact that he remained equally productive in the fourth quarter despite four fouls showed how calm he is when the game is at stake.
This became even more evident when Jokic began to rely on his outside play late in regulation . After the Mavs had a four point lead by three minutes and 56 seconds, Jokic scored the next five points with a step backwards and three pointers. If he didn’t have to risk a foul on the offensive, there was no point forcing himself into the color – not if he could just as easily pull the defense towards him on the edge.
The 25-year-old came on Thursday entered the game with an average of 24.1 points, 11.9 assists and 11.7 rebounds, but his scoring average rose after that game. Against the Mavericks, he recorded his second game in a row with more than 35 points. He has only scored three times less than 24 points in eight competitions.
For comparison: Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 28.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the last two years when he was MVP Won prizes. Jokic has established himself as a contender to take that crown from the Milwaukee Bucks star this year.
The Mavericks star made three consecutive standout appearances up to his reckoning Thursday.
Luka Doncic ended with one 38-9-13-4 line and dominated OT at Denver’s high altitude to lead the Mavs to a win in the kind of game they couldn’t get out of last season. I think we can take a night off from conditioning questions.
After averaging 23.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds in his first four games earlier in the year, Doncic scored in each of his last three games at least 27 points and scored a triple-double against the Houston Rockets on Monday before barely missing the mark from a rebound Thursday.
Against the Nuggets, Dallas saw Doncic’s version of improving his teammates, without affecting his ability to take over games. That was crucial late in the action when Doncic missed the opportunity to fire a 3.3 second shot to feed Maxi Kleber for a wide open three.
The game was a perfect misdirection and kept the Mavs on a run , which allowed them to take control in overtime.
With the ball in the middle of the field, Kleber provided Doncic with an inbound pass, pulling a double team that allowed Kleber to get to the top of the unattended Key to slip. As soon as the power striker got to the weak side of the floor, Doncic floated a pass for an easy catch and shoot, which Glue sank without hesitation.
It was Doncic’s pass, as well as his hit, that kept Dallas from getting out of the building to be run. The combination of the two gave the Mavericks a much-needed road win against a Denver team that had reached the Western Conference Finals.
The Nuggets will begin a three-game road trip on the East Coast on Saturday when they see the Philadelphia 76ers (Jan. : 2) Visit before they face the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Mavericks return home on Saturday to face the Orlando Magic (6-2), followed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
Philly learned of a positive COVID-19 test during today’s game, where the entire team was quarantined tonight in New York (Shams).
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