He was the only other player in the NBA to score 30 or more points in the first eight games of the season Wilt Chamberlainwho did so in the first eight of the 1959-60 season and the first 23 of the 1962-1963 season.
Doncic played 37 minutes and crossed the 30-point mark with 18.7 seconds left in the third quarter on a turning jump. It was a well-balanced night for the 23-year-old star: 10 for 15 from the ground, 3 for 6 from downtown, 12 for 14 at the free throw line, eight rebounds and six assists.
This included one pass in a spinning move through a double team, one basket after a series of dribbling between his legs, a hook shot to crown the round 16-2 early in the second half and a blackjack late in the third.
“He did everything tonight,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “Did he go through his legs eight times? When that little pontoon was released, I kind of laughed because he was the only one who could do that.
“He surprises a lot of people. I wonder if he surprises himself sometimes.”
“Yes, sometimes,” Doncic said with a smile. “The best play was my hook shot. These plays are fun. Later you see them on TV. Everyone talks about them.”
Doncic leads the NBA averaging 36.0 points per game with 8.6 assists in 36.6 minutes.
The Raptors cut their 19-point deficit in the third quarter to 108-105 with 35.5 seconds left. Doncic made his first two free throws in 15.9 seconds to gain a four-point lead. OG Anunoby He drove to dip with 11 seconds left. Spencer Dinwiddy He hit two free throws 3 seconds before the end, achieving the score 111-107. Anonobi hit a triple pointer at the bell.
Dinwiddy scored 21 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who won three consecutive games after dividing them into six games.
Anonobi scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam 18 and Chris Boucher 17 off the bench for the Raptors. Siakam left the match in the third quarter because his coach, Nick Norris, likely suffered a thigh injury.
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Dinwiddy, who was called up for a technical foul in the last minute of the second half, was told by his teammate that the official Tony Brothers called him several insulting words.
“NBA, I would definitely like my money back,” Dinwiddy said. “If there is anyone who feels this way about me… they can address me personally, face to face.”
“I should talk to Spencer,” Kidd said. “When you look at Tony, what he’s done in this league as a referee, he’s so likable and he’s also one of our best. That’s a sensitive topic.”
Raptors: They made 10 steals, roughly 10.8 league leaders per game, but outperformed the Mavericks 27-26 on shooting points. … g Fred Vanfleet, fourth in the NBA in thefts, missed his third game in a row with a stiff lower back. A nurse said he thought Van Fleet would play after he underwent full training on Thursday. “I expect him to be back very soon,” the nurse said.
Raptors: Start a condo and house with Chicago at Home on Sunday.
Mavericks: Host Brooklyn FC on Monday.
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