Luka Roars Back With A Triple-Double, As The Dallas Mavericks Up Chica…

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — In his third triple-double of the season, Luka Doncic had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists as the Dallas Mavericks beat Chicago 113-99 on Sunday night for their season-best sixth straight win while snapping the Bulls’ nine-game winning streak.

Josh Green and Maxi Kleber had season highs with 18 points each for Dallas. It was a career high for Green, who scored nine in the fourth quarter, and Kleber tied a career high hitting six shots behind the arc in nine attempts. Jalen Brunson additional 17 points, Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 and Dwight Powell 10.

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Luka Doncic #77 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks chest bump after a shot against the Chicago Bulls on January 09, 2022 in Dallas. (credit: Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Doncic, back in the lineup after missing the past game with a right ankle sprain, got his first triple-double since Nov. 29 and has 39 in his four-year NBA career.

“He looked all right, didn’t he?” said Mavericks assistant coach Sean Sweeney, who led the team for the second straight game after Jason Kidd was placed in the NBA health and safety protocols on Friday.

Dallas has averaged winning by 15.7 points during its streak and has held opponents to 93.0 points.

“The (defensive) togetherness combined with the effort has been really, really strong as of late,” Sweeney said. “We’re doing a real good job of is understanding what the plan is and then, if there isn’t something that we prepared for, cover for each other when it’s needed.”

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DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine scored 20 points each to rule the Bulls. Chicago went in averaging 111.3 points per game, eighth best in the league, and was held to double figures for the first time since Dec. 11.

The Bulls went in leading the NBA in 3-point shooting at 38.7% but with a league-low 29.9 attempts. They hit 7 of 15 in the first half but only 4 of 18 afterward to finish 11 for 33 for 33.3%. “We made guys shoot what we wanted (them) to shoot.,” said Kleber, whose past game with six 3s came on 12 shots. “Everybody was sticking to the game plan. We never lost our cool.”

The Bulls fell short of getting their longest streak since 1997-98, in the last of Michael Jordan’s six championship seasons.

“What these guys had done night in and night out to get to nine wins in a row, I’m really, really proud of what they did,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan.

“It would have been nice to get to 10 (consecutive wins), double digits, but we didn’t play good enough to win,” said Nikola Vucevic, who scored 13 points.

The Mavericks led 83-81 after DeRozan opened the fourth quarter with a 15-foot jumper. Dallas then outscored Chicago 19-7 to take a 102-88 rule with 6:24 to play.

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