Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Luka Doncic entered the fourth quarter at the Target Center in Minneapolis and looked to be one of the two youngest players to ever record a triple double.
In the end, Doncic fell two rebounds cards. Instead, he decided to capture Minnesota timberwolves' souls instead.
The third overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft, Doncic, made a 119-115 Dallas win with 29 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 steals. Most impressive, he got buckets after Mavericks blew a lead that was as big as 14 points in the first half and 10 points with 5:50 left in the last quarter.
Mavericks phenom has a rare mix of skill, skillful and swag that leaves their veteran teammates in awe.
A 16-5 Minnesota run vaporized the Dallas lead, with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scoring 10 of these points and Minnesota scoring 10 straight possessions after falling behind 105-95.
After the cities had made a 1:41 forward hook in the fourth quarter, Doncic went to work. It started with a pick-and-roll with the center of Jordan which made Doncic go down and convert on a float over Towns, giving Dallas a 112-111 lead with 1:28 left. Minnesota withdrew the lead after a floater from point keeper Jeff Teague, but then Doncic used another screen from Jordan to dump across Minnesota's front court.
With less than a minute left as a rule, Luka Doncic crushes a dunk and hangs on the rim.
Of course that wasn't enough. Teague missed another floater, but Minnesota Power ahead Taj Gibson tipped the miss to force a Dallas timeout of 35.7 seconds and Timberwolves leading 115-114.
Gibson then stole Doncics out of timeout but Minnesota rookie Josh Okogie turned the ball back over. With his team from the time limit and down, Doncic pulled up with 18 seconds on the shot clock and launched a 28-foot 3-pointer with cities running out to compete. Never think that Doncic had missed seven of his previous eight 3's. 0:20
Luka Doncic lowers a 3-pointer to give Mavericks a three-point lead over Timberwolves with about 20 seconds left.
Minnesota would turn the ball over to come out of a timeout, and Dallas little ahead Harrison Barnes iced the game from there to secure what was just the fourth way win of the Dallas season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the last rookie with three forward goals in the last two minutes of regulation before Doncic Vince Carter against the Indiana Pacers on April 1, 1999. Doncic has become accustomed to being late, with
Doncic continues to add its eye-opening rookie performances. He is the sixth rookie since the 1976 ABA NBA merger with 29 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds in a game that joined Michael Jordan (twice), Kevin Johnson, Steve Francis, Stephen Curry (twice ) and Victor Oladipo, according to Elias Sports Bureau. He is the youngest player with at least 25 points and 10 then assists LeBron James in 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Info. And he continues to pay tribute to his peers.
– Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LaderOfHorde) January 12, 2019
It's easy !!! Bravo Ciki @ Luka7doncic https://t.co/MOmwFD15Wp
– Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) January 12, 2019
hvalaa cikiii moj !!! https://t.co/eS9K9RF9Y6- Luka Doncic (@ luka7doncic) January 12, 2019
Donic's next chance the ball will be out at home Golden State Warriors. The Mavericks need Doncic to continue leading them to win, as Mavericks are still two games during .500 at 20-22. the same record as Minnesota and New Orleans in an open West Conference.