It hasn’t happened in 15 years. The return of Kristaps Porzingis to the floor and second-year superstar Luka Doncic are the reasons why Dallas is 2-0 for the first time in a long time. Doncic’s triple-double helped lead the Mavericks to a 123-116 win over New Orleans to give Dallas its second straight win of the young season.
Doncic finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for his ninth career triple-double. The young Mavs guard continues to build upon his NBA record for the number of triple-doubles before the age of 21 years.
The 7-foot-3-inch Porzingis, who is returning from a serious knee injury suffered two seasons ago, was 8-of-17 from the floor and ended up with 24 points. He also added four rebounds, three assists, and five blocked shots.
It was Doncic who took control of the game in the fourth quarter. After the Pelicans cut the lead to two points with just 2:12 to play, Doncic scored on back-to-back possessions – one a step-back 3-pointer – that gave the Mavericks a seven-point lead with 1:23 remaining in the game.
With 59 points in his first two games of the new season, Doncic tied Isaiah Thomas for the most points in the first two games of a season for a player under the age of 21. While Doncic owned the fourth quarter and second half, Porzingis owned the first. He scored 17 of his 24 in the game’s opening half.
The Mavericks will have a chance to stretch their streak to three games on Sunday night when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland beat Sacramento 122-112 on Friday night.