Saturday night’s NBA schedule featured what looked like another easy victory for the Golden State Warriors at the expense of a rebuilding Dallas Mavericks squad. However, that wasn’t the case, as rookie Luka Doncic stepped up to help lead his team to an upset win.
According to ESPN’s report, Warriors star Stephen Curry took the night off, but there was still plenty of talent on the court for the reigning champions. That included Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Still, they fell to rising rookie star Luka Doncic who achieved yet another triple-double in his young career. Doncic tallied 23 points, 11 boards, and 10 assists as part of his impressive night. The rookie drained 4-of-11 three-point shots and also had three steals in the 35-point victory.
It wasn’t only a good night for the Mavs’ young star, but also their retiring elder All-Star. Veteran Dirk Nowitzki achieved a season-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting including 5-of-8 three-pointers. Ryan Broekhoff came off the Mavs’ bench to score 17 points in his 25 minutes of action.
On the opposing side, Golden State’s Durant had 25 points, five rebounds, and four assists. However, he and his teammates were ice cold from three-point range. KD and teammate Klay Thompson were 0-for-12 from downtown, while the team managed to hit just four from long range out of 30 attempts. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 19 points and had six rebounds in the loss.
With the win, Dallas improved to 29-44 for their NBA season, with a 7-30 away record. They won’t be contending in the NBA Playoffs, but certainly look like a strong future contender just based on Doncic’s talent, as well as star player Kristaps Porzingis, who continues his injury recovery. Next up, the Mavs will host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, starting at 7:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. Eastern Time).
The Golden State Warriors are now the second-best team in the Western Conference, as they dropped to 49-23 and a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets (49-22). Both teams have qualified for the NBA playoffs and are the only teams in the West to do so. The Warriors host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m. local time or 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.