The Luka Doncic MVP case grows as his 2019-2020 story adds another page to the books. Last night Doncic came up big when it mattered as he led the now 13-6 Dallas Mavericks to a 114-100 victory over the red hot Los Angeles Lakers in LA Sunday afternoon.
Luka started off relatively quiet through the first half. However, finished with a near triple-double after scoring 16 in the third quarter and finishing with 27 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds overall.
The Lakers had dominating performances from LeBron and AD as per usual. James finished with a near triple-double himself scoring 25, adding in 8 ast. and 9 rebounds. Davis chipped in with a double-double of 27 pts and 10 rebounds. The Lakers supporting cast couldn’t stay the course as the Mavs role players chipped in, with 5 players scoring in double-digit including outscoring the Lakers bench 43-29. The well-balanced attack combined with Luka’s dazzling play proved too much for this dominating Lakers team who seemed to be on a role.
This game was a great rematch to the earlier season bout between these two teams where LeBron and Luka dueled in an instant classic to a 119-110 overtime victory for the Lakers on Nov, 1st. The overtime was caused by an amazing pass to the corner by LeBron to Danny Green for 3. This game LeBron and Luka both led their teams in points (39 Lebron, 31 Luka), rebounds (12 LeBron, 13 Luka) and assists (16 LeBron, 15 Luka). This is one of the epic showdowns in an already amazing season. A month later Luka got his revenge on his idol as he continues to make his claim for MVP this year.
The Lakers now face a tough schedule going ahead according to cbssports.com, having 9 of their next 13 games on the road, and facing roughly 10 .500 plus win teams. The Lakers who are a championship contender this year have had a fairly easy schedule with the majority of their wins coming against lesser teams below the .500 mark. This stretch going into the end of the year will prove to be daunting, however, it will test the fortitude of this Laker team.
The Lakers face both the Trailblazers and Nuggets twice, as well as facing the Clippers, Pacers, Heat, Bucks and end the stretch into 2020 with the Mavs.