The Dallas Mavericks reaped a comfortable victory in Rick Carlisle’s return to the American Airlines Center Arena by 105-132 with Luka Doncic leading the game of his team.
The young Slovenian point guard had 30 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 of 9 triples to get the 29th victory of the regular season. Currently the team led by Jason Kidd sits in playoff positions with three wins in the last four days.
“If he’s not the best player in the world, he’s on top right now,” Rick Carlisle said of Doncic.
Mavericks management, who knows a lot about accolades with Nowitzki’s recent 41 retirement, paid him a warm tribute via their video scoreboard. It was not for less. He spent 13 seasons in charge of his bench with a record of 555-478 and leading the Texan franchise to the only title in its history in 2011.
“This is a very special place for me. It’s a challenge to come back here,” admitted Carlisle.