Luka Doncic Set To Return From Injury

Doncic scores 24 on return, Mavericks hold off Spurs 102-98

After overcoming his first major injury in the National Basketball Association and signing an exclusive multi-million dollar superstar deal with Nike's Jordan Brand sports shoe brand, Doncic returned to action after missing four games and with a double-double 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists led the Mavericks to the 102-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs. He missed his last four games due to that injury.

Popovich may be slightly hesitant in his comparison, but it should still mean something considering that he is regarded as one of the greatest National Basketball Association coaches of all time.

San Antonio scored the last 13 points of the game but couldn't completely close the gap. The injury-depleted Nets connected on just 21 of 78 shots from the field.

Indeed, Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle confirmed in an interview with 1310 The Ticket in Dallas that Doncic will play Thursday night.

San Antonio tried to make the game interesting late when they went on a 13-0 run, but the Spurs fell up short. After Doncic missed two free throws, the Spurs' Derrick White missed a 3-point attempt with six seconds left and Doncic got the rebound.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points, Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 each, and Delon Wright added 12 off the bench for Dallas. Their 26.9 percent shooting was the worst in the league this year-worse than the 29.9 percent shooting performance of the Chicago Bulls against Toronto in November. Tim Frazier added 17 points and six assists, Blake Griffin scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Elfrid Payton scored 13 points as NY won for the first time in three meetings with Brooklyn this season.

NEW YORK - Julius Randle had 33 points and eight rebounds, and the Knicks forced the Nets into the worst shooting performance in the National Basketball Association this season. Dwight Powell's 11 points all came in the first half.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points but was only 5 of 15 for the Nets.

In Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half to power Utah over Portland.

Seth Curry was held scoreless in 16 minutes of action.

All of this comes together to spell a team that is nearly lucky to have won one-third of its games thus far in 2019-20. DeRozan also grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.

San Antonio is giving up 115.7 points per game while scoring 113 itself. Rudy Gay is washed up, and Dejounte Murray has been decent but the Spurs were hoping for even more.

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