NBA: Luka Doncic’s triple-double leads Mavericks over Lakers

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates a 3 level basket as referee Marc Davis #8 alerts in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers within the second half at American Airways Middle on March 29, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Photos/AFP 

Luka Doncic collected 34 factors, 12 rebounds and 12 assists by way of three quarters to gasoline the host Dallas Mavericks to a 128-110 wire-to-wire victory over the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Doncic made 12 of 23 photographs from the ground — together with 4 3-pointers — earlier than sitting out the complete fourth quarter. The triple-double was Doncic’s tenth of the season and the forty sixth of his profession.

Reggie Bullock made 5 photographs from past the arc and completed with 17 factors for the Mavericks, who shot 51.7 % from the ground and 43.5 % from 3-point vary (20-for-46).

Dallas (47-29) recorded its fourth dwelling win in a row and fourth victory in 5 video games total to maneuver inside one recreation of the third-place Golden State Warriors within the Western Convention.

The Lakers (31-44) performed with out four-time NBA MVP LeBron James and Anthony Davis. James sustained a left ankle sprain in Los Angeles’ 116-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, whereas Davis hasn’t performed since struggling a proper midfoot sprain on Feb. 16.

Malik Monk scored 28 factors and Russell Westbrook added 25 for the Lakers, who’ve misplaced three in a row. Los Angeles fell beneath idle San Antonio (31-44) — through tiebreaker — into eleventh place within the Western Convention, out of play-in place.

Davis Bertans sank 4 3-pointers whereas scoring 14 factors for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie had 13 factors whereas Josh Inexperienced, Dwight Powell and Jalen Brunson every added 12.

Doncic scored 15 of his crew’s first 23 factors as Dallas bolted out of the blocks within the first quarter. Bullock buried back-to-back 3-pointers, Inexperienced added certainly one of his personal and Maxi Kleber made a layup as time expired to stake the Mavericks to a 43-25 lead on the finish of the quarter.

Dallas continued its sharpshooting to grab an 82-56 lead at intermission. The Mavericks’ level complete was their most in any half this season.

Doncic secured his triple-double after recording an offensive rebound and putback to stake the Mavericks to a 101-65 lead with 6:58 remaining within the third quarter.

Dallas, which led by as many as 37 factors, put it on cruise management the remainder of the way in which.

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