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Luka Doncic, after 73-point effort, chases encore vs. Kings

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is gearing up for a challenging follow-up performance after his extraordinary display of talent, scoring a career-best 73 points against the Atlanta Hawks. This remarkable achievement not only marked a franchise record but also tied for the fourth-highest point total in a single NBA game, joining the elite company of Wilt Chamberlain and David Thompson. Doncic’s outstanding contribution played a crucial role in the Mavericks’ 148-143 victory, putting an end to a three-game losing streak. Despite his individual success, Doncic emphasized the team’s collective need for a win.

The upcoming game for the Mavericks against the Sacramento Kings will be without guard Kyrie Irving, who is likely to miss his third consecutive game due to a sprained thumb. The Kings, on a seven-game road trip, have secured victories in their last two games, with veteran forward Harrison Barnes leading the charge. Barnes delivered stellar performances, scoring 32 points against the Atlanta Hawks and setting a career-high with 39 points in the recent game against the Golden State Warriors.

Barnes’ impressive scoring spree, including a season-high seven three-pointers in the game against the Warriors, highlights his crucial role in the Kings’ recent successes. The team’s approach emphasizes collective effort, with Barnes acknowledging the importance of every player making sacrifices for the greater good. The Kings, with notable contributions from De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, aim to continue their positive momentum. In their previous matchup on Nov. 19, the Kings secured a 129-113 win against the Mavericks, with Doncic putting up a strong performance of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.


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