Posted on January 31, 2023 at 8:45 a.m. – updated on January 31, 2023 at 9:25 a.m.
To prevent Dallas from losing against Detroit on Monday, Luka Doncic, absent in the previous game through injury, made a resounding comeback on the court. The Slovenian scored 53 points. He is now four games at 50 or more points since the start of the season.
This is called a smashing comeback. Injured in an ankle against Phoenix four days earlier – which had not prevented the Mavs from ending the good series of the Suns – Luka Doncic had missed the match Saturday against Utah (108-100 defeat of the Texans in Salt Lake City). The Mavericks superstar, again on his feet Monday to receive Detroit, found the floor when Detroit came to Dallas, and he once again made a dizzying copy. For his first game since this slight physical setback against Phoenix, the Slovenian leader avoided a defeat that was looming for his family (111-105 victory over Dallas) by scoring 53 points against the Pistons. Still dazzling throughout the evening, Doncic, in a great shooting day (17 out of 24) but also very valuable in the collective game of his team (5 assists) as under the baskets (8 rebounds) set the tone for Entering this game which then saw him gain strength, with 24 points to his credit at the end of the first quarter.
Doncic is now four games at 50 points or more
And when Detroit had an eight-point lead, the 2017 European champion was able to give the necessary boost to calm the ardor of the Pistons and allow the Mavs to clinch a 27th victory (for 25 defeats), at the expense of the Pistons and a not very lively Kilian Hayes (8 points, 7 assists) and went completely through the shoot (3 out of 16, including 2 out of 10 at three points) before returning to the locker room for a sixth foul committed on the hero of the evening. Quite the opposite of “Magic” Doncic, again propelled to more than 50 points. Since the start of the season, the Slovenian has now presented four match sheets with 50 units or more. And Monday, he did not go very far from his record (60 points).