In a very interesting match at the American Airlines Center, Oklahoma defeated Dallas. A very tense ending to the game with many twists and turns. Luka Doncic posted an unreal triple-double of 36 points, 18 assists and 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to help the Dallas Mavericks avoid a 126-120 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Doncic became a father, inspiration for a new triple double
Doncic's incredible performance came just hours after he became a father for the first time. Earlier that day, his daughter Gabrijela was born, and Dončić was visibly emotional while talking about her after the game.
"The birth of my daughter Gabriela is the happiest day in my life," said Doncic. "She was born, and then came this game, which was a real rollercoaster. I'm sorry we didn't win, but we showed that we don't give up. We were impressive in the third and fourth quarters, we have to keep playing like this and the victories will come."
30-0 run for Dallas not enough to win
The game was close, and the Mavericks trailed by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter.
But they came back furiously, led by Doncic. The Mavericks outscored the Thunder 30-0 in a six-minute span in the fourth quarter and took a 117-111 lead with just over four minutes left. However, the Thunder were able to respond and closed the game on a 15-3 run to secure the victory.
Jalen Williams led the Thunder with 23 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, while Shay Giljus-Alexander added 17 points and 9 assists. In addition to Doncic, the Mavericks' best players were Derrick Jones (24 points, 4 rebounds) and Derek Lively (20 points, 16 rebounds).
Kyri Irving was not in the lineup for the Mavericks, and neither was Dante Exum, who also became a father earlier in the day. The loss was the third for the Mavericks in their last five games, and they are now 11-8. The Thunder, meanwhile, have won two in a row and are now 13-6.
Luka Doncic's incredible performance was the highlight of a wild and crazy game, but it wasn't enough to help the Dallas Mavericks avoid a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks will look to bounce back in their next game against the Utah Jazz on December 7.