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06:45  24 october  2019
06:45  24 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) battles Dallas Mavericks guards Dennis Smith Jr. The Wizards climbed back within six midway through the fourth quarter, but Smith scooted past Dwight Howard to grab an offensive rebound and fed a cutting DeAndre Jordan for a dunk that put the Mavs

Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made key plays down the stretch as the Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Wizards 119- 100 . Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) looks for an open teammate as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 34 points and nine rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points in the European pair's long-awaited first game together, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 victory over the Washington Wizards in the season opener Wednesday night.

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, left, heads to the basket as Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)© Provided by The Associated Press Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, left, heads to the basket as Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Porzingis missed his first four shots before taking a break and coming back to score nine points in the final 2:45 of the first quarter. The 7-foot-3 Latvian acquired in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline last season was 7 of 16 from the field.

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The Mavericks have had the Washington Wizards ' number in recent years, and Dallas' young backcourt ensured that remained the case Tuesday night. Doncic scored 13 in the first half, including a rainbow 3 just before the halftime buzzer to put Dallas up 70-49. It was the Mavs ' highest first-half

Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak The Wizards climbed back within six midway through the fourth quarter, but Smith scooted past Dwight Howard to grab an offensive rebound and fed a cutting

BOX SCORE: MAVERICKS 108, WIZARDS 100

Doncic and Porzingis traded long 3-pointers throughout the game, finishing 7 of 16 between them (4 of 9 for Doncic, 3 of 7 for Porzingis). Doncic was 12 of 19 overall to help the Mavericks win their opener for the first time in four years.

The Slovenian guard and reigning NBA rookie of the year could have played with Porzingis last season, but the Mavericks decided to let the 2018 All-Star continue recovering from a knee injury in what ended up being his final game for the Knicks 20 months ago.

Washington rookie Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese-born player drafted in the first round, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The ninth overall pick out of Gonzaga scored his first points before Porzingis hit his first bucket as a Maverick.

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DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have had the Washington Wizards ‘ number in recent years, and Dallas’ young backcourt ensured that remained the case Tuesday night. Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Mavericks ended a six-game

DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have had the Washington Wizards ' number in recent years, and Dallas' young backcourt ensured that remained the case Tuesday night.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points less than a week after the All-Star guard signed a $72 million, two-year extension that will go through the 2022-23 season, with a player option after that. The Wizards are without his backcourt mate, John Wall, who tore an Achilles tendon last December.

After a fourth quarter filled with pushing and shoving between Beal and Doncic, Beal was ejected when he was called for a second technical foul after they were whistled for double technicals during an exchange.

The Wizards had rallied from 23 points down starting the fourth to get within seven when Beal was tossed. Not long after, Porzingis had a one-handed dunk on an alley-oop from Jalen Brunson to help the Mavericks finish off the win.

The first look for Dallas fans at the Doncic-Porzingis pairing came in the Mavericks' first game at American Airlines Center without German star Dirk Nowitzki.

Doncic-Porzingis debut carries Mavs past Wizards, 108-100

  Doncic-Porzingis debut carries Mavs past Wizards, 108-100 Luka Doncic had 34 points and nine rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points in the European pair's long-awaited first game together, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 victory over the Washington Wizards in the season opener Wednesday night. Porzingis missed his first four shots before taking a break and coming back to score nine points in the final 2:45 of the first quarter. The 7-foot-3 Latvian acquired in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline last season was 7 of 16 from the field.

Kristaps Porziņģis (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈkris.taps ˈpuɔr.ziɲ.ɟis]; born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 119- 100 Tuesday night. It was the Mavericks ' 16th win in their last 17 meetings with the Wizards .

Their last home game without the only NBA player to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise was April 14, 1998, a 111-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Reunion Arena. Nowitzki retired at 40 after last season as the league's highest-scoring foreign-born player.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Moritz Wagner was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and scored 13 points before the second-year player fouled out with three minutes left in his Washington debut. ... Thomas Bryant had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Mavericks: Dallas still isn't sure how much longer Dwight Powell will be out with a left hamstring strain sustained early in training camp. The sixth-year player is expected to start at center when he's ready. ... G Tim Hardaway Jr. left the game in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle but returned before halftime.

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Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Friday night. The three-game trip is the club's longest to open the season since 1983-84. The Southwest swing end in San Antonio with the first back-to-back. It's the only visit to all three places for the Wizards in the regular season.

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Admitting though, with the Mavs set to open the season on Wednesday night at 7:30 when they host the Washington Wizards at American Airlines So now, with Nowitzki awaiting to collect his Hall of Fame credentials, Doncic and Porzingis hope to turn the page and help the Mavs win more than the

Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak The Wizards climbed back within six midway through the fourth quarter, but Smith scooted past Dwight Howard to grab an offensive rebound and fed a cutting

Mavericks: At New Orleans on Friday night.

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Young, Doncic unfamiliar with the sophomore slump .
Luka Doncic and Trae Young went No. 3 overall and No. 5 overall, respectively, in the 2018 NBA Draft. By the end of last season, it was abundantly clear they were the two best players in that draft, bar none. Doncic averaged 21 points, six assists, and seven rebounds per game, while Young put up 19 points with eight assists per game. They both had their share of jaw-dropping plays, and while Doncic's wire-to-wire excellence earned him the Rookie of the Year trophy, Young's second half was good enough that there was an argument to be made that he deserved it.

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