Dallas Triumphs over Phoenix Suns Despite Luka Doncic's Injury
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Dallas Mavericks basketball players beat the Phoenix Suns 99:95 as guests despite losing Luka Doncic to injury, who sprained his ankle early in the game. The Slovenian basketball player got injured somewhat bizarrely after he stepped on an opposing player while trying to dribble and twisted his wrist.
Doncic then limped to the locker room early in the first quarter and did not return, but Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 36 points to lead Dallas to victory, while Dorian Finney-Smith added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“It's just an all-around great team effort,” Finney-Smith said, per ESPN.
Luka Doncic is heading to the locker room after hurting his left ankle ðpic.twitter.com/IULzyJPdQP — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 27, 2023
“Once we found out (Luka) was out, we just stepped up”. “It's just a shift in mindset in understanding the volume's going to come and I've got to be more aggressive,” Dinwiddie said. “It was the whole group defensively,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said.
“To hold a team like Phoenix under 100 points is a big deal. The guys in that locker room should be proud”. Cam Johnson and Paul led the Suns with 22 points each. Deandre Ayton scored 19 points with 20 rebounds. “I thought we were a bit happy on the farm to be honest with you,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We did not bring the same juice, energy and focus we had been bringing”.
The most interesting match was played by the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, and the visitors won 120:117 after overtime. Julius Randle scored 37 points with nine rebounds and hit the key free throws that secured the victory for the Knicks.
Jalen Brunson added 29 points, with seven assists, and Immanuel Quickley finished the game with 17 points and five rebounds. Jayson Tatum, on the other hand, scored 35 points with 14 rebounds. Brown added 22 points, but it wasn't enough for the Celtics to avoid their third straight loss.
- Boston Celtics - New York Knicks 117:120 (overtime)
- Brooklyn Nets - Detroit Pistons 122:130
- Charlotte Hornets - Chicago Bulls 111:96
- Houston Rockets - Cleveland Cavaliers 95:113
- Phoenix Suns - Dallas Mavericks 95:99
- Los Angeles Clippers - San Antonio Spurs 138:100