08/08 22:54 CDT Doncic gets 17th triple-double, Mavs top Bucks 136-132 in OT
Doncic gets 17th triple-double, Mavs top Bucks 136-132 in OT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) --- Luka Doncic scored 36 points in his NBA-leading
17th triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks scored the last seven points of
regulation to force overtime, going on to a 136-132 win over the Milwaukee
Bucks on Saturday night.
Doncic also had a career-high 19 assists and 14 rebounds on the day the 2019
NBA Rookie of the Year was named a finalist for the most improved award.
Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks
before fouling out in the final seconds on the day the reigning MVP was named a
finalist for the award along with LeBron James and James Harden.
Brook Lopez scored a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who have already
clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Doncic's final assist was a between-the-legs pass to Maxi Kleber for a
three-point play and a 133-128 lead.
After a dunk from Antetokounmpo, Doncic hit a runner to get the lead back to
five with 11 seconds to go as the Mavericks kept alive slim hopes to get out of
the seventh seed and avoid a likely first-round matchup with the Los Angeles
Clippers. Dallas played its third overtime game out of five in the bubble,
winning for the second time.
Doncic hit two free throws with 21 seconds left in regulation, and the
Mavericks forced overtime when two putback attempts by Milwaukee wouldn't go in
after a missed 3-pointer from George Hill.
The foul that sent Doncic to the line was originally called as the sixth on
Antetokounmpo. The Bucks challenged, and the foul was switched to Khris
The Mavericks scored the first nine points of overtime on a 3-pointer from Tim
Hardaway Jr. and two more from Dorian Finney-Smith, extending to 16-0 a run
that started late in the fourth quarter. Finney-Smith had a career-high 27
points with 11 rebounds.
In a matchup that included three of the four players averaging at least 30
points and 10 rebounds in the bubble, Doncic and Antetokounmpo hit those marks
again. Dallas' Kristaps Porzingis fell short, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds
before fouling out.
Bucks: Finished the first half on a 32-12 run after falling behind 50-39.
Middleton's three-point play with 1.9 seconds left in the half put Milwaukee up
71-62. ... Lopez's 21 points in the second were the most in any quarter in his
career, and he finished five off his career best of 39 for a game, set in 2011.
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle and Doncic were assessed technical fouls in the
second quarter after a no-call when Doncic went sprawling to the ground while
driving between Lopez and Pat Connaughton and making contact with Marvin
Williams. ... G Seth Curry returned after missing two games with right leg
Bucks: Play Toronto on Monday in a rematch of last year's East finals.
Mavericks: Play Utah on Monday.
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