DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 27 factors, Kristaps Porzingis had 26 factors and 17 rebounds taking part in on consecutive days for the primary time in two months and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-101 on Thursday evening.
Porzingis scored 11 factors within the fourth quarter, together with eight in a row whereas giving Dallas the lead for good. The massive end for the 7-foot-Three Latvian got here an evening after he didn’t get a shot within the ultimate interval regardless of an environment friendly scoring effort in a loss to lowly Houston that ended a season-best five-game successful streak.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 22 factors and Bobby Portis had 20 factors and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Bucks. They dropped to 1-2 with out reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, out with left knee soreness.
Porzingis completed a rebound off his season excessive, and his solely help arrange a nook 3-pointer by Dorian Finney-Smith for a 110-97 lead with 2:17 remaining.
The Mavericks bookended the loss to the Rockets with victories over NBA-leading Utah and the Japanese Convention-contending Bucks, who completed their second six-game highway journey, the longest of the season, with the identical 3-Three file as the primary.
Dallas took management with a 13-2 run that included an overturned name when Finney-Smith blocked a dunk try by Khris Middleton and instantly signaled to the bench to problem the foul.
The Bucks completed the third quarter on a 12-Zero run for an 84-80 lead, all after Doncic checked again in with 1:45 remaining within the quarter and the Mavericks holding their greatest lead of the sport to that time at eight.
DiVincenzo capped the run with the fifth of his six 3-pointers after Tim Hardaway Jr.’s inbound cross was intercepted with 21 seconds remaining. The opposite three Dallas turnovers within the ultimate 90 seconds have been by Doncic, who additionally drew his 12th technical foul.
Bucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer stated Antetokounmpo didn’t do any pregame work and didn’t point out when the five-time All-Star would return. … Portis’ double-double was his second straight and seventh of the season. He had 5 final season. … All 5 starters completed in double figures. Brook Lopez scored 16 factors, Middleton had 14 and Jrue Vacation added 13.
Mavericks: Porzingis had missed the earlier two video games earlier than the back-to-back, the primary for relaxation on the second evening of a back-to-back and the second for a proper wrist sprain the massive man says he will probably be coping with the remainder of the season. Coach Rick Carlisle stated the 2 missed video games and a two-day break after the go to from the Bucks have been additionally elements in letting Porzingis play. … Carlisle stated G Trey Burke was out there, however he was listed within the boxscore as out with a left calf pressure. Burke missed his third straight recreation.
Bucks: Charlotte visits Friday to finish Milwaukee’s back-to-back earlier than the Bucks return on the highway for 3 extra video games. The Hornets ended Milwaukee’s five-game successful streak within the collection with a 126-114 victory Jan. 30.
Mavericks: San Antonio visits Sunday with Dallas in search of the primary season sweep of its Texas rival within the 41-year historical past of the franchise. The Mavericks received by 5 in San Antonio in January and by 11 in Dallas final month.