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Luka Doncic stuffs stat sheet as Mavs exact revenge vs Wolves

Luka Doncic stuffs stat sheet as Mavs exact revenge vs Wolves

LEVEL. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks improve to an even 16-16 record.

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Mavericks star Luka Doncic falls a rebound short of a triple-double as he bounces back from his ejection in a loss to the Timberwolves

Luka Doncic collected 25 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 104-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 21 (Thursday, December 22, Manila time).

Doncic made 8 of 16 shots from the floor after being limited to a season-low 19 points in Dallas’ 116-106 setback to Minnesota on Monday. His night was cut short in that contest after being ejected in the third quarter.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Spencer Dinwiddie each drained 4 three-pointers on Wednesday to finish with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Christian Wood scored 12 points and Dwight Powell added 10 for the Mavericks, who have won three of their last eight games overall and four of 15 on the road this season.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dallas coach Jason Kidd was fined $25,000 by the NBA for coming onto the court to confront and direct inappropriate language toward a game official during Monday’s game. He was assessed two technical fouls and ejected from the contest.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards scored 23 points to fluster the Mavericks for the second time in three days. He collected 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists on Monday.

Rudy Gobert recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury.

Austin Rivers had 21 points for the Timberwolves, who saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt.

Hardaway made a free throw to push the Mavericks’ advantage to 100-94 with 32.7 seconds left. Jaden McDaniels sank a three-pointer on the next possession to halve the deficit before Doncic and Dinwiddie sealed the win by each converting two shots from the free throw line.

The Timberwolves were nursing an 85-82 lead before the Mavericks started to heat up from three-point range. Hardaway and Reggie Bullock each sank a pair of treys and Dinwiddie also converted from beyond the arc to give Dallas a 97-89 lead with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Gobert’s dunk and Rivers’ three-pointer trimmed the deficit before Doncic drained a mid-range jumper to halt the momentum. – Rappler.com

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