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Luka Doncic scores 49, as Mavs beat Pelicans

Luka Doncic scores 49, as Mavs beat Pelicans

  • Mavericks
  • Pelicans
Feb 18
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Dallas Mavericks All-Star guard Luka Doncic added another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments on Thursday night, this time against the New Orleans Pelicans, solidifying his spot in Mavs history.

The Slovenian rising star led the team to a 125-118 win with 49 points, tying Mark Aguirre for the most 45-point games in franchise history.

Doncic made four of his first 5 three-point attempts, sometimes leaping back to the defensive end in excitement as the net wafted from his long shot. He ended up completing 7 of 14 from long distance. In addition, he also recorded eight assists.

The Mavs jumped out to a 45-27 lead after the first quarter, as Doncic tallied 19 points and the Mavericks combined to make nine of 12 three-point attempts.

“Sometimes it’s different when you’re playing away games,” the 22-year-old explained, adding that he could hear the spectators respond to his deeds. “First, they’re booing, and then they’re like, amazed.”

Mavs’ Davis Bertans nailed a three-pointer to open the second quarter scoring, and the Mavericks led by 21 points twice before the Pelicans staged a comeback.

The Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes had nine points and CJ McCollum nailed two three-pointers as New Orleans closed to within 64-56.

However, the Mavericks held a 71-58 halftime advantage after making five free throws in the final 1:10.

Dallas shot at least that well for the second time in two trips to New Orleans this season, having scored a franchise-record 68.7 percent (57 of 83) in a 139-107 win on December 1.

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