The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 134-132 on Saturday night.
What made the showdown so close and so extremely intriguing was that it essentially turned into a one-on-one battle between Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic. The pair ultimately combined for 99 points on the night – 57 for Curry and 42 for Doncic.
After the game, Curry couldn’t help but heap praise on his foe.
“He’s always under control,” Curry said, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.
“He’s tough to defend … he’s just very polished and he’s shown that since his rookie year and he’s gotten better and who knows how high the ceiling is for him. But he’s playing at a very elite level right now.”
Now we know what motivates Gronk to play so hard. https://t.co/xFnKnjoXQ4
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 24, 2021
With the victory, the Mavericks moved to 10-14 on the year. They now sit in 14th place in the Western Conference.
Last year, after Dallas was able to push the Los Angeles Clippers to the limit in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, many assumed that the franchise had taken the next step and would become perennial contenders. Doncic even entered the year as the frontrunner to win league MVP.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
Unfortunately, that didn’t quite materialize.
Doncic came into the season extremely fat and out of shape, the Mavericks found themselves hampered by injuries, and somehow the squad ended up at the bottom of the conference.
Fortunately, there’s still a long ways to go before season’s end. Picking up wins like the one recorded on Saturday night is a good starting point in the process of turning an otherwise disappointing season around.