Mavericks Lose to the Hornets: Doncic's Masterful Performance Marred by a Suspension
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 211
The Dallas Mavericks faced off against the Charlotte Hornets in a highly anticipated match, only to come away with a 110-104 defeat. Despite the Mavericks' all-star player, Luka Doncic, putting on a phenomenal performance, the rest of the team was unable to come together and secure a win.
Doncic's Phenomenal Game
Doncic finished the game with 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists, but his efforts were not enough to secure a win for the Mavericks. The Slovenian star had another masterful game, and was close to securing a spectacular triple-double.
However, despite his impressive performance, DonÄiÄ received the 16th technical foul of the season during the match, which resulted in an automatic suspension for one game. "It’s unfortunate that we let these two games go and we have to figure out a way to stop the bleeding," said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd.
He added that he was not pleased with the team's defensive effort. Kyrie Irving, who was acquired in a trade, added 18 points for the Mavericks. Despite his contribution, the Mavericks have fallen to a 7-13 record since his arrival.
"Losing in basketball is very frustrating, especially when we have as talented a group as we do," Irving said. Tim Hardaway Jr. echoed this sentiment, stating, "The desire to win has to be at an all-time high right now."
Hornets Coach's Insight
Hornets coach Steve Clifford praised his team's first quarter performance, saying, "The biggest part of the game again was the first quarter.
Playing from ahead is a big deal. Every year the numbers bear it out, people want to say, ‘All you have to do is watch the fourth quarter,’ but they have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s anything but that."
During the third quarter, Kyrie Irving asked officials to remove a fan from the arena after the fan allegedly called him a name.
Irving said, "I just had to make sure I looked him eye to eye and see if he would say it to my face. A lot of fans say things when you turn your head or say it in a crowd because they can get it away it. ... He yelled it and I handled it."
Nurkic Out with Knee Pain
In other news, the Portland Trail Blazers lost at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a score of 118-112, and center Jusuf Nurkic was not in the protocol for the game.
Nurkic missed the second consecutive game due to knee pain. Other Results
- LA Lakers vs. Chicago, 108-118
- Atlanta vs. Memphis, 119-123
- Boston vs. San Antonio, 137-93
- Cleveland vs. Houston, 108-91
- Orlando vs. Brooklyn, 119-106
- Toronto vs. Washington, 114-104
- Golden State vs. Minnesota, 96-99.