Luka Doncic put on a show in Cleveland, tying his career-high with 35 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 111-98 win over the Cavaliers.
Doncic, who added 11 rebounds and six assists, had the hot hand early, scoring 18 points in the first quarter, connecting on 4-of-5 from the three-point line, including this nasty stepback....one of many on the night.
Luka from WAY downtown...18 PTS in the 1st quarter for the rook!#MFFL 40#BeTheFight 31- NBA (@NBA) February 3, 2019
💻📱: https://t.co/Bq24jKOTFm pic.twitter.com/baLrIl80XJ
He added 10 points in the second quarter to cap off a scorching 28-point first half as Dallas took a 58-55 lead into half-time.
In the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis x Dennis Smith Jr. trade, Dallas played a short rotation and Ryan Broekhoff took advantage of the opportunity with a blistering first half.
The Australian sharp-shooter scored 12 points in the opening 24 minutes, all coming from downtown.
.@RBroekhoff45 has 12 pts as he knocks down 4️⃣ three-pointers in the first half! #MFFL pic.twitter.com/03JfNB5bGJ- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 3, 2019
The Mavs were on fire from deep all game, connecting on 16-of-39 attempts, while it was the exact opposite for the Cavs, who managed just 4-of-23 from three.
Harrison Barnes took over down the stretch, burying three triples in the fourth quarter to ice the game, finishing with 17 points.
HARRISON. BARNES. 👏 pic.twitter.com/q62GDbMElq- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 3, 2019
Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 19 points, while Larry Nance Jr recorded an 11-point, 12-rebound double double.