DALLAS – Luka Doncic scored 39 factors in a triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks beat San Antonio 144-119 on Saturday night time after Spurs rookie star Victor Wembanyama was a late scratch when he sprained an ankle in warmups.
Doncic, who had 12 rebounds and recorded his tenth help simply earlier than leaving the sport for good on the finish of the third quarter, had his thirty sixth 30-point triple-double, one shy of LeBron James for third on the profession record.
“Everyone knows who he’s and what he is doing in his twenty first 12 months within the NBA, which is unbelievable,” Doncic mentioned. “It means quite a bit.”
Luka Doncic crammed the stat sheet with a TRIPLE-DOUBLE within the Mavericks’ win over Spurs 📊
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Spurs got here into the match on a 1-21 skid, and their luck didn’t enhance when Wembanyama stepped on a ball boy’s foot after taking a couple of steps following a pre-match shot.
The 19-year-old sensation had his proper ankle reattached and needed to play, however coach Gregg Popovich stopped the virtually two-meter-tall Wembanyama as a precaution.
Wembanyama had been out two video games earlier in Milwaukee with soreness in the identical ankle. If he had performed, there would have been a minutes restriction.
“If it had been a playoff recreation, I most likely would have performed him,” Popovich mentioned. “He isn’t comfortable about it however I might reasonably err on the conservative aspect because it’s the identical ankle he is simply been given a time restrict for.”
Jeremy Sochan had 23 factors and 9 rebounds for the Spurs, who misplaced their fourth straight recreation since ending an 18-game dropping streak that set a franchise file for the second consecutive season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 factors and Dante Exum added 20 for Dallas.
The Mavs ended a three-game dropping streak after Doncic and All-Star sidekick Kyrie Irving had been eradicated in a 26-point loss at Houston. Doncic suffered a quadriceps pressure and Irving has now missed eight straight video games with a proper heel contusion. Dallas is 4-4 in these video games.
“We nonetheless have some accidents, so we’ve got to maintain it collectively,” Doncic mentioned. “Everybody has to stay collectively, and the next-man-up mentality.”
Doncic, who’s 11 factors shy of 10,000 for his profession within the 24-year-old’s sixth season, was 13 of 27 from the sphere, together with 5 of 10 from 3-point vary.
It was his sixth triple-double of the season, three nights after Doncic thought he had one with 28 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. A rebound was taken away within the official last statistics.
That 120-111 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers is the one recreation in Doncic’s previous 12 video games wherein the four-time All-Star didn’t rating at the very least 30 objectives.
Spurs: Host Utah on Tuesday night time.
Mavericks: Monday night time in Phoenix to wrap up the NBA’s Christmas schedule.