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Luka Doncic dazzles, Cleveland Cavaliers lose at home to Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaac Okoro...
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaac Okoro (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)(Ron Schwane | AP)
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 9:20 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Luka Doncic decimated the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday with 35 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 120-112 win at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Doncic, 23, came in averaging 28 points per game.

He made 14-of-26 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

“He’s a wizard with that ball in his hands,” said Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

Dallas outscored Cleveland 39-22 in the 3rd quarter to open up a commanding 100-89 lead. Doncic had 20 in that quarter by himself.

The Mavericks shot 52 percent from the floor.

Dorian Finney-Smith added a career-high 28 points for the Mavs.

Caris LeVert led the Cavs with 32 points, 21 in the first half.

Cleveland took a 67-61 lead to intermission.

Darius Garland had 25 points and 10 assists.

Center Moses Brown put up 12 points (5-5 FG) and 9 rebounds in his first Cavs start.

Cleveland played without injured big men Jarrett Allen (broken finger) and Evan Mobley (sprained ankle).

The loss begins a brutal stretch of 4 games in nights for the Cavs, who play Thursday in Atlanta, Saturday in New York and back home Sunday against Philadelphia.

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