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Doncic, Dallas Mavericks cruise to 146-111 win over Oklahoma City Thunder

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GOING LUKA. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder whom they defeated, 139-122, on Saturday (Sunday, February 11 in the Philippines), extending their winning streak to four games. DALLAS MAVERICKS PHOTO

Luka Doncic led the charge with 32 points as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a resounding 146-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday (Sunday, February 11 in the Philippines), extending their winning streak to four games. 

The win also marked the successful debuts of newcomers Kyrie Irving and Daniel Gafford, acquired in trades just before Thursday’s deadline.

Irving, contributing 25 points, showcased his scoring prowess alongside Gafford, who wasted no time making an impact in his Dallas debut. Gafford, acquired from the Washington Wizards, energized the Mavericks off the bench with 19 points and an impressive nine rebounds in just 17 minutes of play.

Both Gafford and P.J. Washington, acquired from the Charlotte Hornets, displayed their immediate chemistry with Doncic, delivering alley-oop dunks within minutes of entering the game in the first quarter. 

The newcomers seamlessly integrated into the Mavericks’ lineup, adding depth and athleticism to the team.

Doncic, who sat out the fourth quarter, notched an all-around performance with nine assists and eight rebounds. 

The Mavericks improved to a perfect 4-0 with both Doncic and Irving in the lineup since Irving’s return from a thumb injury.

Mavs coach Jason Kidd praised the team’s high-paced performance and balanced contributions from the players. 

Kidd noted that the pace didn’t have to run anybody’s minutes up. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 25 points, but their efforts fell short against the Mavericks’ offensive onslaught. 

The Mavs established a commanding 47-30 lead after the first quarter, marking the highest-scoring first quarter in franchise history. 

The Thunder struggled to contain the Mavericks, allowing the most points in a quarter in the 2023-24 season.

Despite a brief surge from the Thunder in the second quarter, the Mavericks regained control in the second half. Gafford’s presence in the paint, highlighted by four offensive rebounds, proved crucial for Dallas. Irving’s milestone moment came with his 4,000th career assist in the second quarter, adding to the Mavs’ impressive offensive showcase.

As the Mavericks celebrate their newfound chemistry and winning streak, the Thunder, who recently acquired Gordon Hayward from the Hornets, aim to regroup before the upcoming All-Star break. 

The Mavericks, now with a refreshed lineup, look poised to make a strong push as they continue their quest for success in the competitive Western Conference.

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