WATCH: Luka Doncic Scores a Classic Step-back Three-Pointer in Mavericks’ Win Over Magic

Published 03/01/2021, 9:41 PM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Mavericks are 8-2 in their last ten games, and this record has brought them closer to breaking into the Top 8. The 22-YO point guard Luka Doncic is the anchor that has helped them come out of an early-season scare and again become strong playoff contenders. 

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Tonight, they defeated the Magic 130-124 in a game where Luka took the Amway Center by storm. He did miss out on his first-half buzzer-beater attempt for a three-pointer but looked spotless otherwise. As a result, the Magic never had a chance to make a comeback in the game.

Mar 1, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic and his classic moves

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The All-star guard recently turned 22 on February 28 but plays like someone with a decade’s worth of experience under his belt. He scored 15 points in the first half alone and utilized massive dunks and jump shots to reach there. However, the highlight of the game became his step-back three-pointer to reach 23 points in the third quarter. He looked like Stephen Curry when he created that space by showing his dribbling skills and tricking his opponent. 

Luka did have four turnovers by the end of Q3, but he made up for the missed possessions by scoring big. By the end of the game, Luka Doncic remained short of just one assist from dropping yet another triple-double in his young career.

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The Mavericks are back and shining

For the Mavs, it was a night to remember at the offensive end. They had their bench deliver for them, with the players like Trey Burke and Jalen Brunson scoring big. Where Trey added 11 points in under 10 minutes of play, Jalen scored 24 points, 6 rebs, and 3 assists to help the Mavs’ rotation. A double-double from Kristaps Porzingis helped more, even as both he and Josh Richardson struggled from the deep range. 

The Magic saw another great effort from Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier go to waste after they failed to capitalize on clutch possessions. Terrence Ross missed two deep-range attempts in the last moments that allowed the Mavs to take away the game.

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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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