Luka Doncic drifted toward the Detroit Pistons’ bench during timeouts with 7.1 seconds remaining in Monday night’s 111–105 victory for the Dallas Mavericks.
He said goodbye to Pistons assistant coach Jerome Allen. The final exchange, capping off a conversation that had been going on all game long, spilled out with Doncic barking at each other as he slowly retreated to the Dallas bench.
When the argument was over, Doncic smiled broadly. Scoring 53 points in his comeback from a sprained left ankle to lead the Mavs to victory, he certainly had the last word.
“From the first quarter, I was a wreck,” Doncic said after scoring an NBA-best 50 for the fourth time this season. You should know it will return “clink clink”. Since the first quarter, we’ve been chatting. I don’t want to speak. No problem. It’s basketball. I’m sure you’re in a good mood. ”
Doncic glared at Allen after most of the first quarter basket when the Mavs played an offense against the Detroit bench and Doncic scored 24 points on 7‑of‑8 shooting. Doncic repeatedly called out to Allen, who was walking backwards on defense, like garbage. Along with Dirk Nowitzki, Doncic is now the second-most scorer in franchise history, behind only 60 points in overtime against the New York Knicks on December 27.
Pistons manager Dwayne Casey said, “Nothing, nothing.” “We’ve seen worse things. Remember, I coached Gary Payton and Kevin Garnett, so tonight I had zero on the bike. I loved it. But I think that’s how competitive guys should be.Doncic is very competitive.I like him the way he plays and the way he moves and people reacted well.He didn’t flinch. So it’s okay, nothing was dirty, it was clean.
“If it’s to get him up and talking to himself, it’s fine.” But he doesn’t need help. All things considered, he’s a great player, but that’s the reality. ”
Returning after missing a game with an ankle injury, Doncic played surprisingly efficiently, going 17/24 from the floor, 5/11 from 3‑point range and 14/18 from 3‑point range. Against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, he was off the injury just 3 minutes and 21 seconds into the game, breaking the only scoreless record of his career.
“Obviously not 100%, but okay,” Doncic said of his ankle. “Good job”
Maximum 50 points game–under 23 years old.
Luka Doncic scored his fifth career 50-point game on Monday night to tie for second for a player before his 24th birthday.
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