The Dallas Mavericks’ ‘super ace duo’ Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving of the NBA did not win the second game.
Dallas lost 121-124 in the 2022-23 NBA regular league game against the Minnesota Timberwolves held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on the 14th (hereinafter Korean time).
Dallas, who had two consecutive losses, stayed in 5th place in the Western Conference with 31-28, and Minnesota became 31-29 (8th in the West).
Dallas made a big trade ahead of the trade deadline on the 6th. The deal involved Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and three draft picks in exchange for Brooklyn’s Irving and Markiff Morris. Even with Doncic, who has an MVP-level performance, his performance was not good, so he recruited another ‘superstar’.
Irving led the team to victory by living up to his name in the first two games after the transfer, against the LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings. However, Doncic missed those two games.
The first time Doncic and Irving started working together was against Sacramento on the 12th. However, in that game, Dallas lost 128-133 and Minnesota also lost by 3 points, so the ‘Super Ace Duo’ did not share the joy of victory yet.
On this day, Dallas was메이저사이트 dragged into the third quarter. Doncic and Irving led the attack, but the defense was not at all. In particular, opponents Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert struggled under the loose goal, and from the first quarter, the difference was 10 points.
Even in the second quarter, the score difference did not decrease. Minnesota thoroughly attempted an attack with high probability and boasted a field goal rate of 60%. Even though Doncic and Irving put in a lot, they could not take the lead because they conceded more points.
In the third quarter, to make matters worse, even the offensive power was at a standstill, and the score gap widened further. By the third quarter, they gave 100 points to their opponents, leading to 82-100, 18 points.
In fact, the 4th quarter, which seemed to be garbage time, became an unexpected seesaw game. Irving scored 26 points in the 4th quarter alone, crossing the inside and outside, and the score gap quickly narrowed as the defensive concentration was revived.
With 28.4 seconds left in the end of the game, Dallas made Irving a 3-point shot and chased 121-123 to the bottom of the chin. After that, Mike Conley missed a free throw given away due to a foul operation, and took a chance to turn around with 15 seconds left.
However, in the last chance, Irving and Doncic exchanged the ball, but the opponent’s dense defense failed to even attempt a shot, and the game ended as it was.
On this day, Irving scored 36 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, and Doncic struggled with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, but could not prevent the team from losing.
For Minnesota, Edwards scored 32 points, and Gobert scored 21 points and took over the bottom of the goal with 14 rebounds.