Luka Doncic used to link triumphs at Real Madrid that turned into long winning streaks. But that ended when he came to the Mavericks, a team that has remained uneven despite his arrival. After beating the Bulls forcefully (133-99), the point guard was told in the locker room that this sixth consecutive victory was his best streak since he came to the NBA in 2018. And he was amazed. In fact, it’s the best streak in the Dallas franchise since the 2010-11 season when they won the ring riding Dirk Nowitzki.
The Slovenian player returned to action after missing the previous game with a sprained right ankle and finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists. It was his first triple-double since November 29 and has already accumulated 39 in his four-year NBA career. With Doncic on the track, Dallas won by 26 points. “He looked good, didn’t he?” Asked Sean Sweeney, the assistant coach who led the Mavs as Jason Kidd entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols against coronavirus.
Of the six wins, Doncic has participated in four with averages of 20.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists. And his team has won by a resounding average of 15.7 points keeping their rivals at just 93.0 points. “The defensive bonding combined with the effort has been very, very strong lately. We are doing a good job of understanding what the plan is and then if there is not something we prepare for, we cover for each other when necessary.” praised Sweeney. The Mavs raise their balance to 22-18 this season.
A streak followed, that of the Mavericks and another was broken, that of the Bulls, which was the longest in the NBA in operation. Chicagoans haven’t won nine games in a row since the days of Michael Jordan. Specifically, since the 1997-98 season.