DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 20 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his third triple-double in five games, and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late run from the Oklahoma City Thunder to win 104-102 Monday evening.
Dallas led by 22 points in the third quarter, but the Thunder cut a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to two with 3.5 seconds left on Ty Jerome’s 3-pointer. Oklahoma City then fouled Josh Green with 2.9 seconds left, and Green missed both free throws.
After the ball was advanced to the forecourt, Josh Giddey threw a cross in pass for Mike Muscala, but Tim Hardaway Jr. won the battle for the ball.
Dorian Finney-Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Mavericks (25-19), who have won three straight and nine of their last 10.
Doncic made most of his goals at the free throw line, where he hit 12 for 14. He was 4 for 17 from the floor, missing all six of his 3-pointers.
“I try to do other things better because obviously I couldn’t do anything,” said Doncic.
“He looks good (from a distance),” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “He just has to keep shooting at them. That’s it. I think we’ve seen the best shooter in the world not hit all of his shots in (Steph) Curry.