Luka Doncic continues ridiculous scoring binge with 51 points as Mavericks extend winning streak to six games

Luka Doncic cannot be stopped at the minute, and the San Antonio Spurs were the most recent group to find out that the tough method. Doncic continued his ludicrous scoring binge with 51 points on Saturday night as the Mavericks beat the Spurs, 126-125, to extend their winning streak to 6 video games.

Doncic has actually now scored 50 points 3 times in the previous 5 video games in what is quick turning into one of the very best scoring streaks of the contemporary period. Before this 51-point, six-rebound, nine-assist effort versus the Spurs, there was the 50-point trip versus the Houston Rockets on Dec. 23, and the historical 60-point triple double in the overtime win over the New York Knicks on Dec. 27. 

“I don’t know [how I’m doing this],” Doncic stated, “I think some games the’re gonna double me, some games they’re gonna let me run the pick-and-roll. I just accept the coverage and go from there.”

Speaking to press reporters on Thursday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich admired Doncic’s capability to manage the video game, and ended his interview with what looked like an affordable aspiration. 

“Fifty is going to be our goal,” Popovich joked. “We’re holding Luka under 50. Quote.” 

They nearly did so, to be reasonable, as Doncic didn’t cross the 50-point barrier up until he struck a set of complimentary tosses with 4.1 seconds staying, however his stamp had actually been on the video game long prior to that. It began with a 20-point very first quarter on his method to a 30-point very first half in which he did whatever he desired versus the Spurs’ defense. The Spurs attempted to turn him into more of a playmaker in the 3rd quarter, and he reacted by sculpting them up for 6 helps in the frame as the Mavericks constructed a 17-point lead.

At that phase of the video game, it looked like Doncic would not play enough in the 4th quarter to chase after another 50-point trip. Instead, the Spurs made a furious resurgence that not just kept Doncic in the video game however provided several opportunities to connect or take the lead in the last 10 seconds. 

First, Jeremy Sochan missed out on a possible consent layup after a Tim Hardaway Jr. turnover. Then, tracking by 3 with 4.1 seconds left, they almost offered Doncic a taste of his own medication. Tre Jones was fouled and made the very first complimentary toss to make it a two-point video game. He then missed out on the 2nd on function and was fouled in the taking place scrum, providing him 2 more complimentary tosses and an opportunity to connect the video game. A miss on the 2nd ended the Spurs’ hopes. 

Doncic might have wanted to be resting on the bench at that point, with the video game well in hand, however when the Mavericks required him he provided when again. During this six-game winning streak, he’s balancing 42.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 10.2 helps on 58.7-percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent from 3-point land. 

In the procedure he made history throughout the most current 5 video games as the very first gamer in NBA history to have at least 250 points, 50 rebounds and 50 helps over a five-game period. Furthermore, he now has 4 profession 50-point video games, as numerous as every other gamer in Mavericks’ franchise history integrated. 

“I’ve never, since my seven years in the league, I’ve never seen anybody do what he’s able to do,” Christian Wood stated. “He just needs to keep it up. He’s on an incredible run. He’s playing like an MVP, like clearly one of the best players in the league, and [I’m] happy for him.”

The finest news for Doncic and the Mavericks is that his huge nights are resulting in wins. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Mavs and connected for the longest in the Doncic period. One hot streak can make a huge distinction in the crowded Western Conference, and after a sluggish start the Mavs are now all alone in 4th location at 21-16. 

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