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The Warriors had beaten Dallas 10 straight times and 17 of the previous 18 meetings. They were impressed with their first live look at Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, who scored a team-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds. “He’s great; a great player,” said Kerr, who before the game compared 6-7 Doncic to a five-tool baseball player. “He’s got a lot of skill and a lot of guts. I thought he played a great game.”
Said Durant, who scored a game-high 32 points, was even more effusive in his praise of Doncic, whose 292 points scored through 15 games is the most by a teenager in NBA history. “I like him a lot,” Durant said. “He’s polished. He’s skilled, and you can tell he’s played professional basketball already. They got a great guy in him to lead this franchise in the future. Luka and Dennis [Smith Jr.] play well together.”
Anderson came to Phoenix as part of an offseason trade with Houston looking to contribute in any way he could to change the culture of the Suns. He’s gone from starting to not playing, but Anderson has tried to remain a positive influence in the locker room, particularly with the younger players. “I’m good,” said Anderson, who is averaging just 4.5 points on a chilly 32.1 percent shooting (7-of-31 from 3) this season. “I feel good. I’m working hard in practice trying to get the guys better. We have a lot of young talent on this team and guys that need more experience. The more time they get on the court, the better they’re going to be.”
Anderson remembers being a rookie for New Orleans and watching veteran teammate Eduardo Najera going all out in practice. He recently found an old quote from Najera saying he wanted to make a group of young players better, including Anderson. A decade later, Anderson is Phoenix’s Najera. “Right now, it’s elevating these young guys. It’s not about Ryan Anderson,” he said.