Doncic powers Mavericks past Cavaliers 131-109

The Cavaliers fall to 2-4 on the season

James Rapien
November 03, 2019 - 9:44 pm
Nov 3, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Mavericks and Cavaliers went back and forth on Sunday night, but Dallas got the last laugh in a 131-109 win at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

The Mavericks went on a 14-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to take a 16-point lead and never looked back. Dallas outscored Cleveland 41-25 in the fourth frame to improve to 4-2 this season. 

“A lack of communication was pretty apparent there in the fourth and that’s why they were able to get up to 41," Kevin Love said. "They were getting to the bucket too easy, low man wasn’t there, second efforts weren’t there, didn’t get the 50/50 balls and they were taking – and making – a lot of 3s. On offense, we got too stagnant. That fourth was definitely an ugly quarter for us."

The Cavaliers fall to 2-4. It was their first home loss of the year.

Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter. finishing with eight rebounds and two assists. Love made five 3-pointers, which tied a season-high.

The Cavaliers’ balanced scoring attack helped them stay in the game. Five players scored 10 or more, including Jordan Clarkson, who finished with 17 points.

Second-Year Phenom

Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double for the second straight game. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists.

“I really think he’s the future of this league,” Love said. “He’s unbelievable. Last year, I was extremely impressed with his game. He has taken it to a whole new level. In that fourth quarter, we were by our bench and they were shooting and I looked up at the score and saw his stats and I thought, ‘Man, that’s the most quiet 29, 15 and 14 I’ve ever seen in my life.’

"Nothing fazes him, nothing speeds him up, his shot has gotten better. He’s pretty much a magician.”

Dallas selected Doncic with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Up Next

The Cavaliers play the Celtics on Tuesday night a 7 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Boston has one four straight games and enter the matchup with a 4-1 record.