Luka Doncic Stars in Dallas Mavericks’ Win Over Indiana Pacers After NBA Rescinds His Suspension

Luka Doncic Stars in Dallas Mavericks’ Win Over Indiana Pacers After NBA Rescinds His Suspension

Joel Reyes
  • The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Indiana Pacers on the road on Monday night
  • Luka Doncic played in this game after the NBA rescinded his suspension
  • He had picked up his 16th technical foul in the game against the Hornets

The Dallas Mavericks finally snapped their four-game losing streak with a 127-104 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Luka Doncic stuffed the stat sheet just hours after the NBA rescinded his one-game suspension.

He finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

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Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks attempts a shot while being guarded by Aaron Nesmith of the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter on March 27, 2023. Image: Dylan Buell
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Doncic had picked up his 16th technical foul in Dallas’ second loss to the Charlotte Hornets, per ESPN.

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The technical foul came with 7:51 left in the third quarter of the Mavs’ 110-104 defeat. The Slovenian argued a no-call after missing a shot while driving to the basket.

Doncic stars in Mavs' win

Fortunately for the Mavs, the league rescinded that technical, allowing Doncic to play in this critical game. He did not disappoint, shooting 8 of 17 from the field, including 4 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Doncic produced one of the best plays of his career, making an outrageous pass to Jaden Hardy.

He got some help from his teammates as three other Dallas starters scored in double figures. Kyrie Irving scored 16 points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock dropped 13 and 11, respectively.

It was a significant victory for the Mavs, who moved within a half-game of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers for the final two play-in spots in the Western Conference.

The Mavs took control in the second quarter, uncorking a 14-2 run to build a 43-29 lead. They entered the halftime break with a 59-47 advantage and extended that lead to 77-56 midway through the third quarter. The Pacers never threatened after that.

Mavs looking for playoff push

Every game now is a must-win for the Mavs, who have tumbled outside the playoff picture after a poor run of form. They had lost 13 of their last 18 games before Monday’s contest.

Three games remain in their road trip, with the Mavericks facing Philadelphia, Miami, and Atlanta. Dallas closes the regular season with a three-game homestand, with the Mavs hosting the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.

Hornets stun Mavs

Sports Brief recently reported on the Mavs’ loss to the Hornets.

Dallas lost for the fourth straight time, despite a solid outing by Doncic.

He nearly had a triple-double, scoring 40 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.