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"This guy can do whatever he wants on a basketball court." The forcefulness of Rick Carlisle, coach of the Mavericks, illustrates the moment of Luka Doncic, author of 42 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the triumph of his team against San Antonio (117-110). The sixth triple double in 13 games for the base, which equals another record of LeBron James, his childhood idol. In the history of the NBA only these two geniuses signed a triple-double of 40 points with less than 21 years.
"Right now he is starring in one of those magical streaks. Something phenomenal to see and be part of," Carlisle added after the classic Texan duel, the first without Dirk Nowitki in almost two decades. However, the immense void left by German has been occupied by Doncic, who decided the clash with a triple in the absence of 26 seconds (115-110) to quell the reaction of the Spurs, who had started the last quarter 14 points down.
Dorian Finney-Smith (22 points) and Kristaps Porzingis (18 points, 10 rebounds) also frustrated Gregg Popovich's team, which now chains six straight losses. The 36 DeMar DeRozan points in the American Airlines Center were useless. The 19,637 spectators left the pavilion with the Doncic exhibition recorded on the retina.
One of the most excited, obviously, was Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, who congratulated Doncic in person on the parquet. At the opposite point was Popovich's frustration, facing the worst start of the Spurs since 1996, the season prior to the arrival of Tim Duncan.
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