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Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 28, 2023

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Luka Dončić placed on another program Wednesday thanks to 39 points (20 in the very first quarter alone), however it wasn’t enough as Dallas Mavericks fell in the house to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-110.

The Cavs were shorthanded without Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, while the Mavs stayed sans Kyrie Irving.

On paper, Dallas held the edge with Cleveland down 3 beginners, which’s how it at first played out with Dončić outscoring the Cavs by himself (21-20) through almost the very first 10 minutes. The Mavs were likewise up by as lots of 20 points in the 2nd quarter before opting for 15-point leads at the half and as much as a 10-point benefit in the 4th.

The Mavs went ice cold in the 2nd half, scoring simply 41 points. The Cavs went on a 15-0 4th quarter run to turn a 105-96 deficit into a 111-105 lead. Dallas missed out on 10 shots and dedicated 2 turnovers throughout a five-minute stretch.

5 Dončić points on a jumper and a late 3 cut the Cavs’ cause 113-110, and Dallas discovered itself with a possibility at the tie after Georges Niang missed out on 2 totally free tosses. Max Strus obstructed Seth Curry’s game-tying three-point effort to seal the win.

Dončić got in Wednesday on a 12-game tear, balancing 37.6 points, 11.4 helps and 9.2 rebounds per video game topped by a 50-point getaway on Christmas Day versus the Phoenix Suns. He continued that torrid rate and looks predestined for his 5th straight All-NBA First Team honor.

Dončić’s efficiency wasn’t enough to conquer a career-night from Jarrett Allen, who published 24 points, 23 rebounds and 6 helps. Caris LeVert (29 points off the bench) and Isaac Okoro (24 points) matched Allen’s efforts.

In spite of Dončić’s best shots, the Mavs have actually been a bit sluggish of late, going 3-5 in their previous 8 video games to transfer to 18-13 (6th total in the Western Conference).

Certainly, the group is playing shorthanded without Irving, who plays an essential function on this group when healthy (23.0 PPG). Fans kept in mind how Dončić’s colleagues (and head coach Jason Kidd) have actually not matched him well enough right now.

MarkTEP25 @marktep25

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Josh Bowe @Boweman55

having dynamic on the flooring for a last belongings when you require a 3 is truly curious, thinking about that enables clevleand to easily double without any repercussion which’s precisely what took place.

Dallas_Mavericks @BurrowsRashaun

Jason kidd much better get fired and trades require to occur

Nguyen Tai Trung @NguyenTaiTrung2

Mavericks pitiful loss, worthless, much better fire Jason Kidd << a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #NBA<

Bervs @ver_b1l

Mavericks constantly let luka down ngl

W.A @_W_A10

Can Grant Williams be traded at the due date? If so, pls move off him.

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