NBA regular season

Luka Doncic triple-double leads Mavs past Pacers

Luka Doncic triple-double leads Mavs past Pacers

STILL HOT. Luka Doncic delivers another record performance.

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Luka Doncic records his 30th career triple-double and Kristaps Porzingis finds his groove as the Mavs snap a three-game skid

Kristaps Porzingis collected 27 points and 13 rebounds and Trey Burke added 22 points off the bench to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 124-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, January 20 (Thursday, January 21, Philippine time) in Indianapolis.

Luka Doncic also recorded his 30th career triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. 

Porzingis made 12-of-15 attempts from the floor and Burke sank 9-of-15 shots, including 4 from three-point range.

Tim Hardaway Jr finished with 19 points, two days after misfiring on all 12 attempts from the floor during a scoreless performance in Dallas’ 116-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Dallas exploited the absence of Indiana’s Myles Turner (hand) by enjoying a 64-42 edge in points in the paint.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points, Domantas Sabonis added 25 and Jeremy Lamb had 10 in his first game since sustaining a torn ACL in Toronto on February 23.

Brogdon drained a trio of three-pointers in the 3rd before he lobbed the ball to Justin Holiday for an easy conversion to stake Indiana to a 91-88 lead with 1:05 left in the quarter. 

Dallas answered with a 29-12 run, with Burke and Hardaway each draining a pair of three-pointers in the sequence to take a 117-103 lead.

The Mavericks were not threatened the rest of the way en route to handing the Pacers their second straight loss and fourth in 6 games.

Edmond Sumner made a driving layup and a three-pointer to give Indiana its first lead of the game at 70-68, but Porzingis answered with a pair of alley-oop dunks, a three-pointer and a mid-range jumper to give Dallas a 76-72 advantage.

The Mavericks made 13 of their first 18 shots from the floor to build a 30-17 lead in the 1st quarter. However, the Pacers remained within earshot due in large part to their perimeter shooting.

Indiana sank 10-of-23 shots from three-point range in the first half, with Doug McDermott and Lamb each converting from beyond the arc during a late stretch as the Pacers trimmed the Mavericks’ lead to two at halftime. –

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