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SportNBA wrap: Mavs' Luka Doncic hits 3 straight go-ahead shots in final minutes to beat T-Wolves

06:30  12 january  2019
06:30  12 january  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Rookie Luka Doncic scores 25, young backcourt mate Dennis Smith Jr. hit the go - ahead layup in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in

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NBA wrap: Mavs' Luka Doncic hits 3 straight go-ahead shots in final minutes to beat T-Wolves © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Deandre Ayton was right — sometimes it's really hard to believe Luka Doncic is a rookie.

It was almost impossible to believe Friday when he hit three straight go-ahead shots in the final two minutes to lead Dallas to a 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.

Doncic's first shot came in the paint to give the Mavs a 112-111 lead, his second gave them a 114-113 advantage and the third was on a transition 3-pointer to give Dallas a lead it would never relinquish.

The 19-year-old scored 29 points to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Mavericks.

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Luka Doncic scored 25 points, Dennis Smith Jr. hit the go - ahead layup, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103. The Thunder still had a chance with 1.7 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook missed a corner three -pointer at the buzzer to wrap up a rough night for the 2017

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Studs of the Night

Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter scored a career-high 29 points in Atlanta's 123-121 win over the 76ers.

Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky tallied his first career triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Washington's 113-106 win over a Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Bucks team.

James Harden stayed hot tallying another 40-point triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 141-113 win over the Cavaliers.

Dud of the Night

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie didn't have his best night as he scored 8 points on 1-of-7 shooting off the bench in Brooklyn's 122-105 loss to the Raptors. Brooklyn was minus-24 with Dinwiddie on the floor.

Highlight

Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis threw one down in the Pacers 121-106 win over the Knicks.

Suns C Deandre Ayton in awe of Luka Doncic's skill: 'He's a beast'

Suns C Deandre Ayton in awe of Luka Doncic's skill: 'He's a beast' Deandre Ayton is sometimes in disbelief that 19-year-old Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is a rookie. The Suns drafted Ayton out of Arizona with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He says he's watched plenty of Doncic, who was taken with the third-overall pick in 2018, and he's very impressed. “I watch his games all the time. He’s a beast,” Ayton said, via The Undefeated. “I’m like, ‘Aw, what the heck, there is no way Doncic is a rookie.’ That is what I say sometimes when I watch him play. He’s been there [professionally]. He’s been in situations like this.

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While Luka Doncic downplayed his rookie-season success Mavs effusive with praise after rookie Luka Doncic stars again. According to NBA .com statistics, Doncic has scored 40 points in 33 clutch minutes , defined as when the score is within five points in the final five minutes of regulation or

What's Next?

Spurs (25-18) at Thunder (25-16) 8 p.m. ET — The Spurs and Thunder are coming off of one of the best games of the season in a double-overtime thriller Thursday so why not watch them play again?

NBA wrap: Kawhi Leonard scores 41 as Raptors top Wizards in double overtime.
The Raptors topped Washington 140-138 in double overtime Sunday and both sides had 40-point scorers. Kawhi Leonard racked up 41 points and 11 rebounds on the night to lead his team in scoring. Pascal Siakam had an impressive 24 points and 19 rebounds. On the other side, Bradley Beal recorded 43 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the losing effort. He became just the second player in NBA history to record multiple 40-10-15 games in one season. Oscar Robertson also accomplished the feat in 1961-62. Beal's performance, however, wasn't enough as the Wizards dropped to 18-26.

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