Luka Doncic speaks out after Mavs’ streak-snapping loss vs. Rockets
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks weren’t expecting to end their five-game winning streak on Wednesday when they were set to face the 13-37 Houston Rockets. Coming from a huge win against the league-leading Utah Jazz, the Mavs came out flat and had an awful game against their in-state rivals.
The Rockets came up with an impressive 102-93 win. Doncic was emotional after the loss, as he should be, and claimed that it was clearly not their night.
“Anybody can play a bad game, right? So we played a horrible game as a team. We’ve just got to flush it down and continue to play,” Doncic said after the Mavs’ loss, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Luka Doncic’s performance on Wednesday was particularly horrible, for lack of a better term. The young Slovenian shot just 9-of-26 from the field and only made one out of his nine attempts from outside the arc.
The Mavs finally got their starting big back in Kristaps Porzingis after the Latvian missed the last couple of games with a wrist injury. Both Porzingis and Doncic put up 23 points each on a losing effort. Dallas was also without Maxi Kleber and Trey Burke, who are both dealing with leg issues, though lack of personnel shouldn’t be an excuse and Doncic knows this.
Dallas was simply outplayed by Houston on Wednesday, who also had their starting guard in John Wall back from injury. Wall had a game-high of 31 points and seven assists while Christian Wood added 22 points and 10 boards to sink the Mavs.