Doncic had a whole lot to do with it. The rookie responded to Rose’s initial 3-pointer, and the Wolves’ ensuing buckets, by scoring or assisting on the Mavs’ next 15 points, including three go-ahead shots inside the final two minutes.
Luka Doncic. 👏
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 12, 2019
We’ve seen the 19-year-old do plenty of amazing things already in his short career, but he continues to amaze us. It was fitting, as well, that such a heroic crunch-time performance would come in his 41st career game. This was some of his best work, and while he clearly didn’t do it alone — without Harrison Barnes going to the ground to collect a loose ball in the game’s closing seconds, the Mavs might not have even won — Doncic reminded us all why he’s already become one of the best clutch performers in the league. And there’s this, too: He became the youngest player ever to score 29 points, hand out 12 assists, grab eight rebounds, and steal the ball twice in the same game. He might not have scored a triple-double, but he still made a bit of history, and the win probably doesn’t feel too bad either.
The Mavs (20-22) will return home for a game against the Warriors on Sunday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.