WATCH: Luka Doncic Finishes Tough Circus Layup Through Three Defenders For an And-One

Published 01/09/2021, 9:57 PM EST
Jan 7, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) battle for the ball in the third quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic led Mavericks have impressively recovered from an initial blow to the season. They won three of their last four clashes to make it even with a 4-4 record. On the other hand, the Orlando Magic blew their initial success to now stand at 6-3. 

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A lot of credit for the Mavs’ turnaround in this season goes to Luka Doncic. He changed gears from that game against the Miami Heat where he scored a 27-point double-double. Since then, his performance has only gotten better and the same form continued against the Orlando Magic as well.

Luka Doncic showed some initial touch of brilliance

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The match had just begun with the Mavericks trailing 9-10 into the fifth minute of the play. That is when Luka missed a driving floating jump shot. However, he is not someone who easily backs down and grabbed an offensive rebound. The rising star converted a not-so-smooth but very brave layup against three defenders almost over his shoulder to snatch the ball. Take a look –

Both Luka and Tim Hardaway Jr. reached double figures as soon as the second quarter started, giving the Mavs a consistent lead at the initial stages of the game. Tim looked scary from the three-point range as he converted 4/7 of his shots.

Recently, Luka became the 4th fastest player to record 1000 points, 1000 rebs, and 1000 assists, and that showed in his all-round game against the Magic too.

Mavericks vs Magic: Who has a better shot at winning?

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Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Dwight Powell (7) celebrate during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

From the looks of it, the initial momentum of the game skewed towards the Mavs became they were somehow able to tame down the offensive explosiveness of the Magic. Trey Burke began his show with a 23-foot three-point jumper and put up an impressive 16 points in the first half of the game alone.

The most lethal weapon for the Orlando-based franchise, Nikola Vucevic was the only player who could show some resilience against Mavs’ defense. 

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Very certainly, the first half went to the Mavs. However, the Orlando Magic took an initial lead in the third quarter to match the score 59-59.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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