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NBA: Luka Doncic fires 44 points, Mavericks down Magic


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Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks beat Franz Wagner #22 of the Orlando Magic in the second half at American Airlines Center on October 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Richard Rodriguez / Getty Images / AFP

Luka Doncic scored 30 of his 44 points in the first half to lift the home side Dallas Mavericks to a 114-105 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Doncic has scored at least 30 consecutive points after taking 17 of 26 shots from the floor for the Mavericks, who have alternated losses and wins in the first six games of the season.

Tim Hardaway Jr scored 21 points from the bench, Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 and Spencer Dinwiddie added 12. Dallas hit 49.4% from the floor and benefited from 10 steals.

Orlando’s rookie Paolo Banchero finished with 18 points, marking the first time this season he’s been held under 20. He’s made just six of 20 shots from the floor – including one in six from long range. cup 3 points.

Bol Bol collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while reserves RJ Hampton and Wendell Carter Jr each got only 15 points.

Banchero sinks an 8-foot long jumper to cut Dallas’ lead to 107-103 with 55 seconds remaining in the fourth inning before Finney-Smith responds with a 3-pointer in his next possession. . Doncic added a bucket on the next Mavericks possession to essentially win.

Orlando took a 79-78 lead with 2:23 left in the third quarter before Dallas went up 22-11 to enter the fourth inning. Hardaway highlighted the run with three free throws after a rough foul as well as two 3-pointers and one miss.

Hampton hit the ball and Banchero sank a pair of free throws to cut the Mavericks’ lead to 102-97 with 4:28 remaining in the fourth half. Doncic responds with a short jump and Finney-Smith draws a 3 pointer to give Dallas a breather.

Terrence Ross scored eight points and Carter added seven as Orlando overcame Doncic’s 16-point performance to take a 34-29 lead at the end of the first quarter. Doncic takes 7 out of 10 shots from the floor in the frame.

Kevon Harris sank the 3-pointer to push the Magic’s advantage to 51-40 with 6:28 left in the second half before Doncic scored 14 points in Dallas’ 20-9 run to end the inning.

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