Mavs’ Luka Doncic admits it’s ‘beautiful to watch’ Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, calls him a ‘walking bucket’
Carmelo Anthony had another impressive showing for the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, as the veteran logged 22 points (on 8-of-16 from the field, 5-of-6 from the line), a three-pointer, and five rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks. Anthony has been a breath of fresh air for the Blazers since he joined the squad a couple of months ago, and one particular individual who has taken notice of the 10-time All-Star’s outstanding play is no less than Mavs rising star Luka Doncic. Having had the chance to go face-to-face against Anthony, Doncic admitted that he took pleasure in seeing Melo in action.
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic on playing against future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony: “It was great. It was special. He’s still a walking bucket. He’s still got the game and it’s beautiful to watch.” pic.twitter.com/k6EYGQN0hQ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 18, 2020
While Anthony indeed had another noteworthy effort, there’s no denying that Luka Doncic once again emerged as the headline-grabber of the evening. The reigning Rookie of the Year torched Melo and the Blazers for a game-high 35 points on 11 of-23 shooting, along with a career-best eight 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists, and a steal in 34 minutes of action.
Doncic’s amazing performance allowed the Mavs to hold off a formidable challenge from the Blazers, as Dallas took the tightly-contested home victory, 120-112.
Doncic started his second season in the league on fire, and he has been red hot ever since. Currently, the 20-year-old is averaging 28.9 points (on 46.7 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 1.1 steals, while also connecting on 3.0 3-pointers per ballgame.
Those are some MVP-caliber numbers right there, which is why Doncic has emerged as one of the early-season favorites for the coveted trophy. There’s still a long way to go, and so much will still happen between now and June, but there’s no denying that Doncic should remain in the MVP conversation until then.