The Dallas superstar did plenty to lead the bounce-back win for the Mavericks.
Doncic scored 23 points in a rare scoreless first quarter and the Mavericks pulled off their first 30-point triple-double of the season in a 124-118 win. Charlotte Hornets Sunday night.
Ball scored 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter while finishing with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. But the Hornets couldn’t hold on to a 15-point first-half lead on a night after rallying in the fourth for a one-point win at Indiana.
“Just trying to win, really. I’m trying to do as much as I can,” said Ball, who was 8-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the fourth, his career-high scoring quarter. “Really. It didn’t go our way in the end.”
Grant Williams A trio of 3s in the fourth quarter and a rookie added 18 points Derek Lively 2 Had 15 points, 14 rebounds and a big fourth-quarter block for the Mavericks, who were coming off their first loss of the season.
The Hornets had a chance to tie after Dallas was called for a shot-clock violation with 8.4 seconds left. But rookie Brandon Miller Couldn’t get the ball before the 5-second call, and fouled the ball Kyrie Irving Before Dallas Interiors.
Irving’s free throw gave the Mavs a 120-116 lead and they held the ball, then he made two more free throws with 7.7 seconds left to seal Dallas’ fifth win in six games.
“I’m not going to say anything about it,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said of the late innings. “I haven’t seen it. I have nothing to say about it.”
Doncic, who had just one score in the first quarter last season, went 8 of 15 after an 0-for-4 start — but was 1 of 9 from long range — while finishing with 12 rebounds and nine assists. did
Irving had 18 points and 10 assists.
“When we have 77 and 11, it’s an easy thing,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said of Doncic and Irving. “I thought our quarterback was great, and our receivers were great with it.”
Ball had 11 assists before getting his first point on a layup late in the first half, while Charlotte shot 57% and led 60-45 in the second quarter. Hayward scored 15 points before the break.
The Mavs picked up their defense in the final minutes of the first half, forcing three missed shots before Doncic’s 3 in the final seconds allowed Dallas to overcome a 12-point deficit.
Dallas continued to struggle defensively, holding Charlotte to 42% shooting after the break.
Doncic picked up his second technical foul of the season after calling a foul he didn’t like, and asked for another after being whistled for bumping Hayward on a shot.
After Hayward missed two free throws, Doncic yelled at no one in particular after grabbing a rebound, then hitting a step-back jumper at the other end, hinting at more.
Doncic had 10 points and four assists in the fourth.
“We changed the coverage,” Clifford said of trying to defend Doncic. “We really tried like four or five different things. And he destroyed us. They gave him nine assists, but he produced almost their entire offense. And we couldn’t figure out how to stop him.
Hornets: Washington is on Wednesday night for the only home game of a five-game stretch.
Mavericks: Dallas alternates road and home games for the first eight in Orlando on Monday night.
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