The Atlanta Hawks blew the Mavericks out in their season-opener, but Dallas bounced back with a come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
A number of players stepped up for the Mavericks in their win over the Raptors - Tim Hardaway Jr. was the team's second-leading scorer with 25 points while Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double - but to no surprise, it was Luka Doncic who led the way.
In 38 minutes of action, Doncic scored a game-high 27 points to go along with 12 assists and nine rebounds. He shot 11-for-24 from the field, 2-for-10 from the 3-point line and 3-for-5 from the free throw line.
Doncic was at his best in the third quarter. He had one particular stretch where he scored or assisted on 12 straight points to help the Mavericks take control of the game.
Doncic put his basketball wizardry on full display on those possessions.
Doncic gets the run started with a layup to tie the game at 62.
On the ensuing possession, Doncic runs a high pick-and-roll with Dwight Powell as the screener. Dorian Finney-Smith, who canned 39.4 percent of his 3-point attempts last season, parks himself in the strong side corner to space the floor while Hardaway makes his way to the opposite wing.
As Powell rolls to the basket after setting his screen on Doncic, Porzingis makes his way from the baseline to the post.
The Mavericks ran the same action earlier in the quarter, leading to a turnaround for Porzingis.