Mavs’ Luka Doncic reacts to getting the win over idol LeBron James
Per George Efkarpides of Eurohoops.net, Doncic will never lose his admiration for James, noting that the four-time MVP was his idol growing up.
Luka was asked if this game was any different compared to the first time he played vs Lebron.
— George Efkarpides (@gefkarpides) December 2, 2019
It’s easy to pinpoint which elements of James’ playstyle Doncic plucked out made into his own. Both Doncic and James possess that vision and passing that only a few players possess.
Doncic put up 27 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists. Other contributors include Kristaps Porziņģis who had 15 points and six rebounds, and Dwight Powell and Justin Jackson who dropped 15 points apiece.
The Mavs have won back-to-back games and have a 13-6 record for fourth in the West. It’s been a strong start for the Mavs thus far, thanks to the stellar play of the 20-year-old Slovenian.
Their win over the Lakers — one of the strongest teams in the league today — signifies that they have the capacity to go toe-to-toe with elite-caliber squads. The Rick Carlisle-coached squad have a chance to extend their streak to three games on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers, for their part, have snapped a 10-game winning streak. They still boast of a 17-3 record — tied for first place in the entire league with the Milwaukee Bucks. In the loss, James put up 25 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Anthony Davis chipped in 27 points and 10 rebounds. They have a chance to redeem themselves on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets.