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Maverricks´Luka Doncic scores 24 in return from sprained ankle

Luka Doncic’s return after missing nearly five full games with a sprained right ankle finished with the point guard contributing 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 102-98 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center.

Doncic shot 9-of-23 (1-of-6 from three-point range) in 33 minutes en route to leading the 20-10 Mavs to victory. All five Dallas starters scored in double-digits, with Kristaps Porzingis adding 13 points and eight boards.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 21 points.

Doncic, who suffered the sprained ankle on Dec. 14 two minutes into his game versus the Miami Heat, didn’t look rusty after a 12-day absence.

Against San Antonio, Doncic played 32:39, about half a minute more than his season average.

”I’m not going to lie,” Doncic said. ”I was pretty tired.” Tired or not, he impressed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

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”I hate to say this, he’s not Magic Johnson but it’s Magic Johnson-like in the sense that he sees the floor in that same way. He’s got a real intuitive sense and you can’t teach that. He’s just got it and he’s great at it. I’m not trying to put the Magic Johnson pressure on him, he’s not ready for that yet but he’s doing a hell of a job.”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that Doncic could have been even better.

”He had a few challenges early with rhythm and getting his legs under him. He got into a great flow as the game went on.”

Doncic said his ankle was good.

”I’m going to keep icing it. I’m young. I just want to play. I don’t want to miss no games.” The Mavericks (20-10) pulled within half a game of idle first-place Houston in the Southwest Division.

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Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks

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The Houston Rockets are looking for their first win of the season against the Dallas Mavericks when they visit the American Airlines Center on Friday night. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets in their first meeting of the season, but both teams are coming off wins and are looking to gain some momentum.

The Houston Rockets could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 102.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.5 points and 6.6 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Ty Lawson is dishing 4.5 assists and Clint Capela is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets have allowed 100 or more points in 18 of their 19 games this season. The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 regular season road games. Dwight Howard is out due to rest.

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The Dallas Mavericks also look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Devin Harris is dishing 2.1 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are shooting 28.4 percent from deep in their last five games but have won five of their last six when topping 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks have won five straight home games. Jose Barea is out with an ankle injury.

The Rockets are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

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Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers

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The 76ers (0-10) will begin a string of two straight games at The Center, pairing up with the Dallas Mavericks (6-4) at 7:00 PM on Monday.  The Sixers are in the midst of a stretch during which they go up against six straight opponents that currently hold winning records.  Dallas, having won three contests in a row, seems to have steadied itself after a 3-4 start.

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The big guns sat out Dallas’ last game, a win over the Houston Rockets, but Dirk NowitzkiWesley Matthews, and Chandler Parsons all figure to be in action against Philly.

Parsons plans to play 20 minutes in this one, as he continues to work his way back from offseason knee surgery. He looked good in his last outing, going 4-6 from the field in 18 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. 20 minutes would be the most Parsons has played in a game this season, and any addition to his workload is a positive sign looking ahead to a rough next few weeks of the schedule.

The 76ers will also have their hands full with Nowitzki. He was 7-8 for 21 points in 20 minutes of action in one game against Philly last season, a 53-point Mavericks victory just over one year ago. The Sixers will use some combination of bigs against Dirk headlined by Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. Realistically, neither stands much of a chance against the future Hall of Famer in one-on-one situations. Especially the way Dirk has had it going in the early part of the schedule.

These two meet for what will be their first head-to-head battle of the season. Dallas won the last game in the matchup, bumping its SU record over the last 10 meetings to 8-2. With a 5-4-1 record, the Mavericks also have the advantage ATS.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the American Airlines Center.
After losing in disappointing fashion to begin their five-game homestand, the Dallas Mavericks admittedly need to make adjustments on the court in order to get back to playing at a high level.

Chandler Parsons returned to the court and led the way with 18 points, Monta Ellis had 17 while Amar’e Stoudemire added 15, but the Mavs were just horrible on defense. On too many possessions, the Cavaliers were able to swing the ball and find the open shooter uncontested on the perimeter and it really burned the Mavs as the Cavs sunk 15 of 32 threes. After the loss, Stoudemire publicly called out his teammates about their lack of effort, so expect an improved level of intensity tonight.

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The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven overall and they’ll be looking for a third straight win after earning a marquee 120-108 win over the Thunder on Wednesday. Chris Paul had a monster game of 33 points and nine assists while playing great defense on Russell Westbrook, while JJ Redick added 25 points and Matt Barnes had 22 as the Clippers dominated the red-hot Thunder in their own building. As a team, the Clippers got off to a sensational start and poured on 100 points after three quarters thanks to 15 of 30 shooting from the three-point line, but the best part was that they were able to stifle the Thunder’s Westbrook, forcing him into 10 turnovers. With the win, LA improved to 42-23 on the season and 18-14 on the road which keeps them climbing up the Western standings.

The Clippers, who have won eight of 10 in the series, haven’t swept the Mavericks since taking all four meetings in 1993-94. They won 120-100 in Los Angeles on Jan. 10 and 115-98 on the road on Feb. 9.

They are also seeking a fourth straight victory in Dallas for the first time since a five-game winning streak there from March 18, 1992-March 8, 1994.

 

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