Mavericks' Luka Doncic Ties Career High in Victory Over Phoenix Suns

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Mavericks' Luka Doncic Ties Career High in Victory Over Phoenix Suns

Anthony Davis (27 points and 10 rebounds) and LeBron James (25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) were unable to lift the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3.

The highlight of the night came when Doncic drilled a deep step-back 3-pointer over James in the fourth quarter with Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki looking on from a courtside seat.

Doncic tied a career-high with 42 points in a 120-113 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) and narrowly missed a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. There's a certain responsibility you have when you get on a roll like this.

And as will be a theme for the month of December, it's not going to get any easier from here. "I just kept attacking, trust your shot, and I'm so glad we got that win".

"We're going to stay humble", Carlisle said.

The Dallas Mavericks continued their three-game road trip on Sunday in Los Angeles.

A lackluster 114-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday did not cause the Los Angeles Lakers to adjust their expectations for themselves.

By halftime, the Mavericks bench had changed the tone of the game - and the Lakers were struggling enough for LeBron to call a huddle on the court to cuss at his teammates.

The second-year sensation set up his outing with a dominant first-quarter, dropping 14 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. "I think our guys got consumed with that a little bit".

National Basketball Association legend and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki was honored at Staples Center during the first quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.

"We didn't really have an offensive pop the whole quarter".

"In the second half, we played one of our best defensive halfs against a team that's got the best record in the league".

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 26 points for the Mavericks, but the team's usual second-leading scorer, Kristaps Porzingis, finished with just two points and missed all eight of his shots from the field.

They went a span of four minutes of playing time without scoring a single point - a drought broken by a three-pointer from Alex Caruso. Davis and James have meshed seamlessly, while their supporting cast has embraced new coach Frank Vogel's commitment to defense. James and Davis both expect to know more about their roster by January, and this opening game underlined the importance of a consistent effort, particularly on defense.

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