The All-Star break may have come at the wrong time for Luka Doncic. In the last four games, including the Mavs’ 125-118 victory over the Pelicans, Doncic is averaging 41.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists on 48% shooting from the floor, including 46% from deep.
On Thursday, Doncic scored 19 points in the first and 25 in the third. He finished with 49 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. The three-time All-Star was also 7/14 from downtown.
Also, in the last five games, Doncic has scored a team-record 199 points, which topped his previous team record of 186 points in a five-game span.
“Luka set the tone early and often,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said. “We can sit here and talk about him all day. The things that he does on the court for himself and his teammates is incredible.
“We’ve used every noun and adjective to describe his game,” Kidd added. “He just gets better.”
Doncic, who is averaging 27.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game, is the only NBA player averaging at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per contest in 2021-22.
Doncic did it all Thursday night, including getting into with a fan. According to Doncic, the fan was being rude, so he responded.
“He was very disrespectful since the start of the game,” he said. “That’s why I decided to talk back.”
Now, Doncic gets ready for his third All-Star game in Cleveland this weekend, but more importantly, Dallas(35-24) is 19-6 in the last 25 games and is now a season-high 11 games over .500. As they head to the All-Star break, Dallas is now the fifth seed in the West and moving up the standings. Hopefully, for Dallas, they can keep up their winning ways in the second half of the season.
When they return from the break, the Mavs, who are 2-0 on their current five-game road trip, head to Utah to battle the Jazz.
Listen below as Kidd talks Doncic, and the Mavs’ win over Pelicans: