SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)– On a night when Luka Doncic set a career high for helps, one of his early passes wound up in the stands.
All he might do was watch it and chuckle as he ran pull back the court.
” It was a bad pass,” Doncic said of his cross-court throw. “I was laughing. He was open. I need to have struck him. That was a very bad pass.”
Doncic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 helps for his NBA-leading 12 th triple-double, and the Mavericks held back a late run to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-123 on Wednesday.
Seth Curry scored 21 points off the bench as Dallas won its 3rd straight in spite of the lack of Kristaps Porzingis, who missed his ninth successive video game. Dwight Powell included 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.
” This has actually been a difficult group for us to play, hard matches,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stated. “Our starters, our bench, everybody contributed in a big method.”
Playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 27- point win over Golden State, the Mavericks scored 71 points in the first half and handed the Kings their third straight loss.
Doncic sparked Dallas with a big 3rd quarter when he had 11 points and six rebounds. He likewise made a cross-court pass similar to the one he airmailed earlier in the game.
That assisted the Mavs stretch a four-point lead to 108-93 Doncic completed with his 20 th career triple-double despite going 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.
” Clearly, not as good as I can play.
Doncic joined Jason Kidd as the only Dallas players to have at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in one video game.
” These numbers are simply insane,” Carlisle stated as he looked at the stat sheet.
De’Aaron Fox had 27 points and 12 helps for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes and Friend Hield scored 25 apiece.
Sacramento beat Dallas 110-106 in December without Fox or Marvin Bagley III. Both remained in the lineup this time, however the result was greatly different.
” We got stops but we let them develop the 50-50 ball,” Kings coach Luke Walton stated. “It needs to be quite clear until we can get out there and play that difficult, at that pace and still keep a protective state of mind, there’s going to be a great deal of ups and downs.”
The Kings trailed by 16 early in the fourth but made a huge run to get to 126-123 following a 3-pointer by Barnes.
Doncic almost had a double-double before halftime however it was Curry who gave Dallas its biggest lift in the very first half. Curry made 4 3s, 3 on wide-open appearances, and scored 16 points in 14 minutes to assist the Mavs to a 71-67 lead.
Porzingis didn’t sound too disappointed after being a late scratch from the lineup. Felt great,” Porzingis stated.
The Mavericks have a day off before playing Portland, and Carlisle stated the team will evaluate Porzingis’ situation then.
Mavericks: Former Kings gamer Justin Jackson made a buzzer-beating 3 to end the 3rd quarter. … Over his last three games, Powell is shooting 83.3%(25 of 30).
Kings: Fox was whistled for a technical after being hit with an offensive foul in the third quarter. Bagley had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Mavericks: Play the Trail Blazers in Dallas on Friday. Portland beat the Mavs at the American Airlines Center in October.
Kings: Face the Jazz in Utah on Saturday.