Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Aug 4 (EFE) .- Once again, Slovenian guard Luka Doncic shone in a special way in the game of the Dallas Mavericks and thanks to a new triple-double they were able to come from behind and beat Tuesday in overtime 114-110 to the Sacramento Kings.
Doncic finished the game with 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in 44 minutes that he was on the track, the most of the team.
The former Real Madrid player scored a triple with 1:57 minutes to go until the end of extra time and ensured the victory of the Mavericks (1-2), the first victory they achieved in the Orlando bubble and which kept them the only one NBA team that this season have not suffered three consecutive defeats.
While Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis also helped the Mavericks cause with 22 points and seven rebounds, but the Dallas team finished the game with just 37 (33-90) percent shooting accuracy, the 22 (9-41) of triples and missed 11 personnel shots (39-11), and dominated under the hoops with 61 rebounds for 47 of the Kings.
Forward shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points and made three triples to give him 193 this season, beating Spanish baseman Jose Calderon (191) for the second-highest total in franchise history.
Forward Dorian Finney-Smith also had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds in the first game since Dallas secured a playoff spot.
Puerto Rican point guard José Juan Barea started with the Mavericks and contributed a point in the 14 minutes he played after missing the three field goals he made, and he was 1-for-2 from the personal line.
Barea also caught a defensive rebound and delivered an assist.
Another point guard, De’Aaron Fox scored 28 points as the Kings’ leader, while Bahamian shooting guard Buddy Hield had 21, but the Sacramento team was unable to close a game they controlled almost from the start to the end of regulation time and suffered the third consecutive loss, which distances them from the fight to play the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Serbian center Nemanja Bjelica with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds was the best of the Kings under the rings.
The Mavericks scored the last six points before regulation time ended and forced overtime, which tied the game at 102 when Hardaway Jr. made three free throws with 3:10 minutes left.
Doncic broke the tie with a two-point basket and the Mavericks scored the next five goals and never lost the lead again.
The Kings after they scored 9-of-16 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, went 0-for-8 in the second and finished 16-of-43.
Serbian shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic missed his first 14 shots before making the last, a triple with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime overtime.
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