Luka Doncic stars as Dallas Mavericks sink LA Lakers

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In the third, the Lakers made a run to get the lead down to 10, but then Doncic found a cutting Delon Wright for a layup, drained a three, hit another layup when Doncic himself drove the lane, and by that point the lead was 17 again. On Sunday, they finally met another hard matchup in the form of surging sophomore sensation Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

Afterwards remembered facing his idol for the first time, "Normally I am never nervous, but was for sure before that game".

The Mavericks have been one of the suprise teams in the National Basketball Association to this point, and now currently sit 12-6, good for a tie with Houston for the fourth seed in the West.

Judging from both rookie seasons, Doncic's stat line of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6 assists and 1.1 steals is very similar to James' figures of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals.

LeBron James seemed to take that as a personal affront.

"You don't know until you [strive for it]", James said of the goal to avoid a two-game losing streak all season, which he says the team has eyed since opening night. The players have done a good job of building chemistry in a short amount of time, but they will need to play up to their abilities if they hope to hit their championship ceiling.

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Smart left the game not to return, but the real concern is this is the same injury - and Smart said the same spot - that caused him to miss about a month last season.

The biggest moment of the match came when Doncic drilled a step-back 3-pointer over James in the fourth quarter, just about sealing the match with Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki on hand to witness courtside. You've got to get up.

A lackluster 114-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday did not cause the Los Angeles Lakers to adjust their expectations for themselves.

Doncic put on another show in a duel with the league's reigning superstar LeBron James, with the Mavs coming out ahead to end the Lakers' winning streak.

"Our defense was awful today - we didn't rebound the basketball therefore we keep giving them second-chance points and they made us pay with 3s", Davis said after L.A. was dominated 16-9 on the offensive glass and 23-10 in second-chance points. "We're not going to get down over this loss".

"We didn't really have an offensive pop the whole quarter".