Phoenix (USA), Nov. 29 (EFE) .- Slovenian escort base Luka Doncic regained his best level of play and returned to be the great leader who led the Dallas Mavericks to the triumph of visitors 113-120 against the Phoenix Suns, where Spanish base Ricky Rubio emerged once again as the team game director.
But this time he found the best version of Doncic, who tied his best scoring mark by getting 42 points, while he stayed at the gates of what would have been his eighth triple-double of the season by finishing with a double-double 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The former Real Madrid player played 38 minutes and scored 12 of 24 field shots, but was not inspired by the triples by scoring 3 of 11 attempts and 15 of 18 from the personnel line.RELATED
In addition Doncic also had better control of the ball with just two losses from a recovery and committed four personal fouls.
Doncic's recovery came when the team needed it most after last Tuesday they were easily overcome by Los Angeles Clippers, who came to Dallas and defeated them (99-114), a defeat that cost them to break the streak of five consecutive wins .
Doncic with his big night in Phoenix was able to conclude the month of November with triple-double averages, including 30 points, something that only the legendary Oscar Robinson (five times) and the Houston Rockets base, Russell, had achieved before Westbrook (twice).
"I still don't focus on individual performances but on winning games and that's what we did tonight after having suffered the frustrating defeat against the Clippers," Doncic said at the end of the match.
Alongside Doncic, forward-guard Tim Hardaway Jr. reached 26 points as the second top scorer, including six triples of nine attempts and captured three rebounds that helped the Mavericks return to the winning path and get a 12-6 mark. , the best start to the season since 2010-11 when they won the only league title in their possession.
In addition, the contributions of both players, together with that of the Seth Curry reserve base, which reached 11 points, were decisive on a night when, again, the Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis was not the best when he was left with just two points, after failing the eight field shots he made, including six triples.
However, Porzingis, who was marked by the Australian center Aron Baynes, with whom he faced dialectically during a timeout, which cost both paths technical failures, if he imposed his presence in the inside game by capturing 13 rebounds, including 12 defensive, put three caps and recovered two balls.
While the Suns (8-10), who suffered the third consecutive defeat and the sixth in the last seven games, had forward Kelly Oubre Jr as their encester leader to get a double-double of 22 points 10 rebounds.
Rubio returned to play a great individual and team match, but could not overcome the genius of Doncic, although he finished the game with 21 points and nine assists.
The Masnou player played 33 minutes in which he scored 6 of 12 field shots, including 4 of 6 triples, and 5 of 7 from the personnel line.
Rubio also captured a rebound, lost a ball and was eliminated for six personal fouls.
Baynes, who returned with the team after missing five games due to injury in the flexor muscle of the right hip, ended the match with 17 points, including two triples, and seven rebounds in the 25 minutes he played
Both teams reached the fourth period with the score tied at 89, but the Mavericks opened it with an 8-0 run and placed with a 97-104 run and a seven-point lead that they never lost again.
Doncic, 20, was also the one who made it possible with his contribution of 14 points, six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter to allow the Mavericks to reach the break with the advantage of three points and a partial score of 50-53, That left everything to decide in the second part.
Then both teams remained without taking off on the scoreboard until the Spanish guard Devin Booker arrived and with great mate closed the biggest advantage that the Suns (69-63) achieved in the middle of the third period.
But once again Doncic's many decisives were what made it possible for the Mavericks to remain in the game and in the fourth period to secure the victory.