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