As Luka Doncic walked past Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd in the Staples Center hallway late Tuesday night, the All-Star smiled through the fatigue of his 41 minutes logged in his first game back from knee and ankle injuries. But the Mavericks star could not have felt any better because he was back in his element, hitting tough 3-point bombs, nearly putting up a triple-double and having some fun at the LA Clippers’ expense. Returning from a three-game absence, Doncic had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Mavericks held off a furious comeback from the Clippers to take a 112-104 overtime win. “I was tired,” Doncic said with a chuckle. “And overtime in the first game back, it was tough. But we got a win. That’s all that matters. I was happy.”
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November 30, 2021 | 1:37 pm EST Update
Mike Trudell: Update on Avery Bradley: an MRI in Sacramento on Monday night revealed a UCL sprain of right thumb. Bradley will go through further medical testing when the team returns to Los Angeles following Tuesday night’s game.
Rylan Stiles: Mark Daigneault calls Theo Maledon “a better player overall than he was last year.” Says “he will be going back to the Blue, he needs those reps.” Adds “he needs those reps, it’ll come back around to him just like it did for Isaiah last night.”
Rylan Stiles: Ty Jerome says playing the same team you just lost to is a dream scenario because you always “want another crack” at that team. OKC looks to snap their losing skid against Houston on Wednesday.
NBA forward and sneakerhead P.J. Tucker is honoring fashion icon Virgil Abloh with his shoe choice for Monday night’s game … rocking a pair of Off-White Jordan 5s with a special tribute. The Heat baller showed off the kicks prior to taking the court against the Denver Nuggets … which have messages etched in Sharpie — “Thanks for a lifetime of inspiration” and “Virgil will always be here.”