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Luka Doncic turns 'quarterback' with court-length assist in Dallas Mavericks' win over Portland Trail Blazers

Rookie forward Doncic pours in 21 points as Mavericks win eighth straight home game

Wednesday 5 December 2018 09:42, UK

 Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during play against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center on December 04, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. 0:25
Luka Doncic turned 'quarterback' for the Dallas Mavericks, finding Dennis Smith Jr with a court-length pass

Luka Doncic channelled his inner quarterback with a one-handed court-length assist in the Dallas Mavericks' 111-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 19-year-old showed off his court vision as the Mavericks wrapped up their ninth win in their last 11 games.

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With 40 seconds remaining, the Mavericks won a jump ball at their end of the court. Wesley Matthews tapped the ball back towards Doncic.

The rookie gathered the ball in his right hand close to his own basket, looked up and, with all the precision of an elite NFL quarterback, fired an overarm torpedo pass the length of the floor to team-mate Dennis Smith Jr, who caught the ball and iced the game with an easy lay-up.

Doncic, who was named NBA rookie of the month for November, finished the game with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Luka Doncic attacks the rim against Portland
Image: Luka Doncic attacks the rim against Portland

The 6ft 7in Slovenian is now averaging 18.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game in what is rapidly developing into a stellar first season in the league.

Tuesday night's results

  • Portland Trail Blazers 102-111 Dallas Mavericks
  • Orlando Magic 105-90 Miami Heat
  • Chicago Bulls 90-96 Indiana Pacers
  • San Antonio Spurs 105-139 Utah Jazz
  • Sacramento Kings 122-105 Phoenix Suns

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