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Kyrie Irving: 'I'm fortunate to have one of the best to ever play the game in Luka Doncic with me'

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Speaking to reporters following their second straight win against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Irving opened up about his career so far and his aspirations. The Mavs guard highlighted his desire to be remembered and acknowledged as one of the best to ever do it before adding how delighted he is to paly with another legendary player in Doncic. “I made a decision that I wanted to be one of the greatest to ever play this game. I know I have other peers of mine that are on that same mission. We’re all competing against each other. I’m fortunate to have one of the best to ever play the game in Luka with me,” Irving shared, via Landon Thomas of Mavs Fan for Life.

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David Hardisty @clutchfans
We’re talking #Rockets at 11:00am CT — come on through.
— Jalen Green, Fred VanVleet carry the Rockets in the 2nd half to their 11th straight W
— The incredible impact of Amen Thompson
— The big test on deck: Luka, Kyrie and the Mavs…11:10 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
About last night . . .
Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving combine for 56 as Mavericks escape Sacramento with a pivotal win…10:30 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Its been almost two months since someone went for 50+ in @nba since the officiating loosened up. Good to see Jalen Brunson showing the gargantuan night is not extinct. But for context Brunson took 47 shots to make his 25 FG. In his 73 pt game Luka Doncic took 33 FGA for his 25 FG – 9:19 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
When Luka Doncic saw Vlade Divac he didn’t miss the opportunity to shout a couple of words at him…7:47 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
The Mavericks are 🔟-0⃣ in the last 10 games with Luka Doncic 🔥 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Luka Doncic waved at former Kings GM Vlade Divac and said “He should have drafted me” 👀 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
After securing the game, Luka Doncic pointed at Vlade Divac and said “He should have drafted me.”
This is crazy 😲 AM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs win in Sacramento for many reasons. Ability to respond to runs, good defense, clutch execution and of course the LuKai backcourt. Kyrie a team high 30 points and Luka had 26 points & 12 assists. And highlights from our telecast of what Kyrie and Luka did is right here 👇 AM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Thought exercise: if Dallas finishes fourth or fifth in the Western Conference, where does that put Luka for you in the MVP race? As opposed to when Dallas was in the eighth spot? – 2:57 AM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Here’s what Luka, Kyrie, Exum and Kidd had to say about Exum’s game-clinching shot and the gutsy win over the Sacramento Kings Friday night.…2:32 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
For the record, Doncic said he bloodied his left knee and that “”the right one I fell on it twice. Then on a step-back I hurt it a little bit more, but it’s fine. It’ll be fine.” – 1:41 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
I asked Doncic if he thought about the fact that his first game with Irving last February was here — and how far they and the Mavericks have come since that 133-128 OT loss. (Also, when I asked, he smiled and declined to reveal the “special stuff” ingredient in his drink). AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Irving speaks about his continued strong play during Ramadan — and what it means to him. AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Irving speaks about Exum’s big shot, the moments that led to it, and the aftermath. AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Victor Wembanyama is the youngest player in NBA History to record at least 40 points, 20 rebounds & 7 assists. Others: Kareem, Wilt, Luka, Oscar. None were rookies.
Tim Duncan never did this. To the Victor go the spoils. AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
“I know he was bleeding (on his knee), but I didn’t know he was limping,” Kidd said of Doncic. He looks fine to me. He was excited in the locker room after the win.” – 12:45 AM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
I’m almost convinced that Kyrie and Luka just might be the most dangerous duo in the League. Huge W for the Mavs tonight against the Kings! – 12:40 AM
Jimmy Spencer @JimmySpencer
Luka shooting toward the Kings basket on that ‘take foul’ made me wonder:
If you were fouled on a shot that went into the opponent’s basket, would the basket for the other team count like an and-1? – 12:26 AM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Mavs sweep two-game set in Sacramento to position themselves to claim 6 seed or better. Dallas has won last 10 games with Luka Doncic in the lineup. – 12:26 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings fall to the Mavericks 107-103. Dallas and Sacramento split the season series as Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combine for 56 points. – 12:24 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie tonight:
30 PTS
11-16 FG
3-5 3P
Scored 14 points on 100 FG% in the 4th.…12:23 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Luka tonight:
26 PTS
12 AST
Mavs have won 10 straight when Luka plays.…12:23 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Mavericks are 12-0 when Luka and Gafford are both in the starting lineup. AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Kyrie Irving has been clutch in the fourth quarter against the Kings. – 12:13 AM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks with their first lead of the game on two Kyrie Irving free throws, 94-92. – 12:07 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Mavs first lead of the game comes at 6:21 of the 4th. Kyrie Irving 2/3 free throws to give Dallas a 94-92 lead – 12:07 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Unsuccessful challenge. 3 free throws for Kyrie. – 12:05 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Mike Brown is challenging Keon Ellis’ foul on Kyrie Irving. If this call stands, it’s 3 free throws for Dallas.
Game tied at 92. 6:21 to go. – 12:03 AM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks again within three points as Kyrie Irving has heated up. Kings call a timeout with their advantage down to 92-89. – 11:59 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Dallas has never led tonight. But it has clawed back, again, to within 92-89 on Irving’s 3-pointer with 7:38 left. – 11:58 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Luka & Kyrie are taking over. Kings lead down to 3. – 11:58 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Luka Doncic buries a three and grabs at that right knee again. – 11:55 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings guard Malik Monk injured after Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic falls on top of him ⬇…11:54 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
A 22-22 3rd period and the Kings lead the Mavs 82-73 as they head to the 4th in Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes lead the Kings with 17 points each, while Luka Doncic has 19 for Dallas. – 11:50 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Hard to believe Irving didn’t get fouled there. – 11:30 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Refs are letting both teams play and be physical.
Unless of course Luka gets bumped. – 11:29 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Luka Doncic seemed to hurt his right leg before the end of the half on this play here before the end of the first half and then kicking a chair on the bench. He’s back on the floor to begin the 3rd quarter for Dallas. PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic warmed up and didn’t seem to be favoring his leg, but as he walked off he stretched his neck, on which he briefly received some sideline attention during the first half. PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Luka Doncic was shaken up before the end of the half. He limped over to the official at the end of the half to point to his right leg then limp over towards the Mavs tunnel, but not before kicking a chair on the Dallas bench – 11:06 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavs trailed by as much as 57-42, but closed the half with a 9-3 run to pull within 60-51. Hobbled Doncic is obviously the main concern at the moment. – 11:06 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Kings lead 60-51 at the half, with former Mav Harrison Barnes pouring in 17 points. Worth watching in the second half is how Luka Doncic moves. He took a hard fall and was grabbing his right leg for the final seconds of the half. He walked gingerly to the locker room. – 11:05 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic stayed in through the end of the half, but clearly hobbled after taking that fall. Kept reaching to his right thigh/knee area. PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Hope Luka is ok … and no idea how no foul was called on that play – 11:05 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Luka Doncic appears to be in a lot of pain after hurting his right knee at the end of the first half. – 11:04 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Luka Doncic is holding his right knee. – 11:03 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Luka tries one from the logo and misses. Fox tries one from the arc and knocks it down. 49-35 Kings lead. – 10:54 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
The Kings have ruled Malik Monk out the rest of the night with a right knee issue. Luka Doncic landed hard on Monk after a first quarter drive. Grabbed his knee. Limped to the locker room. – 10:40 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic back on the bench. No trainers around him. – 10:35 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic exited the game and walked through the tunnel. Didn’t appear to be limping. – 10:33 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Luka Doncic just subbed out and went straight back to the locker room. – 10:33 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Beautiful sequence for the Mavs as Luka Doncic gets caught in the air, passes the ball into the paint. Teammate gives it right back to Luka, who then lobs it to Lively for an easy dunk. Mavs need more of it, trailing 32-21. – 10:33 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Here’s a look at what happened to Malik Monk, clutched his right knee which Luka Doncic landed on. Monk is now in the Kings locker room. PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Malik Monk fouled Luka Doncic, who fell on his leg after. Monk was down for a moment before limping his way to the Kings locker room. – 10:26 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Malik Monk is leaving the game and heading to the locker room after Luka Doncic fell on his right leg. – 10:25 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Luka ran over Malik Monk. He’s up, but he’s limping straight to the locker room. – 10:25 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Scary moment: Glad Monk is OK — and Doncic clearly feels likewise. – 10:25 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Most points in a season in Mavericks history:
Mark Aguirre (1983-84) 2,330
Dirk Nowitzki (2005-2006) 2,151
Luka Doncic (this season) 2,139
Doncic (2022-23) 2,137
Nowitzki (2008-2009) 2,094 – 10:15 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Jones, Washington, Gafford, Irving, Doncic
SAC starters: Barnes, Murray, Sabonis, Ellis, Fox
9:10 tip @971TheFreak – 9:42 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
Random thought: I need this shirt but redone with a Kyrie left hand PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
From Mavs:
Luka Dončić (left achilles soreness) and Maxi Kleber (right knee soreness) will be AVAILABLE tonight against the Kings.
Josh Green (right ankle sprain) will be OUT. – 8:40 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Mavericks star Luka Doncic (Achilles) and Maxi Kleber (knee) have been cleared to play in tonight’s game against the Kings. – 8:38 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Luka Dončić (left Achilles soreness) and Maxi Kleber (right knee soreness) will be available tonight against the Kings, per Mavs. – 8:35 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic available, Kidd says, not that there was much question. Kleber also available. – 8:34 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic still carrying the questionable tag for tonight’s game with Achilles soreness. But don’t think anybody would bet on him missing this game. Maxi Kleber’s knee also has him listed as questionable. – 5:08 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Best volume iso scorers this season:
1. Kawhi (1.19 points per possession)
2. Dejounte Murray ❗(1.18 PPP)
3. SGA (1.12 PPP)
T-4. Harden | DeRozan (1.11 PPP)
6. Luka (1.10 PPP)
7. Embiid (1.09 PPP)
8. Tatum (1.06 PPP)
T-9. Paul George | Zion | Kyrie (1.05 PPP) – 2:54 PM

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Bobby Marks: Notable names that have reached the 65-game criteria, are on pace or ineligible/not on pace: Reached the criteria Jarrett Allen Jayson Tatum Derrick White DeMar DeRozan Coby White Jarrett Allen Nikola Jokic Stephen Curry Pascal Siakam Paul George James Harden Kawhi Leonard Anthony Davis Giannis Antetokounmpo Damian Lillard Rudy Gobert Anthony Edwards Jalen Brunson Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Paolo Banchero Kevin Durant Domantas Sabonis Chet Holmgren On pace Jaylen Brown Jrue Holiday Alex Caruso Luka Doncic Tyrese Haliburton LeBron James Jaren Jackson Jr. Bam Adebayo Zion Williamson Herb Jones Jalen Suggs Tyrese Maxey Devin Booker De’Aaron Fox Victor Wembanyama Off pace/Ineligible Trae Young Kristaps Porzingis LaMelo Ball Zach LaVine Darius Garland Donovan Mitchell Kyrie Irving Draymond Green Ja Morant Jimmy Butler Khris Middleton Karl-Anthony Towns Julius Randle Joel Embiid Bradley Beal Scottie Barnes Lauri Markkanen TBD because of injuries Alperen Sengun Brandon Ingram -via Twitter @BobbyMarks42 / March 27, 2024
Grant Afseth: Final Score: Mavs 132, Kings 96 Luka Doncic: 28 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL Kyrie Irving: 24 PTS, 8 AST, 3 REB, 2 STL Tim Hardaway Jr.: 22 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB De’Aaron Fox: 18 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST Keegan Murray: 17 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST Domantas Sabonis: 12 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST -via Twitter / March 27, 2024
Sean Cunningham: Luka Doncic as he puts away the Kings tonight in Sacramento with his final free throw, then as the final horn sounds, waves goodbye to former Kings GM Vlade Divac seated courtside and says “he shoulda’ drafted me.” -via Twitter @SeanCunningham / March 30, 2024
It was a painful Friday night for the Sacramento Kings. In the first half of their consequential 107-103 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Dončić tumbled after a drive and fell onto the right knee of Malik Monk. Monk left the game and didn’t return. It is feared he suffered a sprained MCL, league sources told The Athletic. -via The Athletic / March 30, 2024



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