Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic bounced back on Thursday night to push the Dallas Mavericks to a strong win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The European duo took advantage of the short-handed Bucks who were again without the reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to score a 116-101 win at home.
“We're trying to play together and help each other. We want to win,” Porzingis said (via Callie Caplan of Dallas News). “At the end, we all want to win here, and that's it. We have to keep playing and keep playing together and well and help each other.”
Kristaps Porzingis on his on-court connection with Luka Doncic: "We're trying to play together and help each other. We want to win. At the end, we all want to win here, and that's it. We have to keep playing and keep playing together and well and help each other."
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) April 9, 2021
Both Porzingis and Doncic had a stellar evening as they led the Mavs with a combined effort of 53 points, 26 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The Mavs needed this one after dropping their five-game losing streak on Wednesday against the bottom-dwelling Houston Rockets. Porzingis, who was rather vocal about his lack of touches down the stretch in their previous game, definitely got his fair share of the ball against the Bucks. He ended up with 26 points and 17 boards while shooting 4-of-7 from deep. Doncic, on the other hand, kept his foot on the gas and had another all-around performance with a 27-9-9 line on Thursday.
After a tough first half of the season, things are starting to roll for the Mavs as they continue their recent streak. Obviously, the chemistry between Porzingis and Doncic has been pivotal for their recent success. They've now won six of their last seven outings and continue to cement their spot in the West's playoff picture. Their 29-22 record is currently good for the seventh spot as they trail the Portland Trail Blazers (6th) and the Los Angeles Lakers (5th) by just a couple of games.