Doncic makes appearance, Real Madrid outlasts Dallas Mavericks

It was supposed to be the party of Luka Doncic, returning to Madrid for the first time as an opponent, and in a way it was. The Slovenian, however, was a mere extra, limited to 5′ on the parquet due to a calf problem.. Jason Kidd did not want to deprive Blancos fans of the chance to see, at least for a few minutes, one of their idols live again but after 5′ and 9 points scored he called his superstar back to the bench.

Doncic then watched his teammates capitulate against his former Real Madrid for 127-123 in the preseason (with this win the Blancos improved to a 3-6 record against NBA teams in their history). An entertaining game decided only in the final possessions by a penetration and a triple by Facundo Campazzo who gave the momentary +7 to the Spaniards, who during the course of the game had also been at -14. The Argentine was his team’s top scorer with 20 points, to which he added 8 assists in 25′. Also in double figures for Real were Vincent Poirier (19 points, 10 rebounds), Sergio Llull (19 points), Guerschon Yabusele (18 points) and Rudy Fernandez (14 points).

Dallas in addition to having Doncic at halftime. also had to give up Kyrie Irving, out to recover from some aches and pains. The Mavs found 21 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 13 apiece from Seth Curry, Dante Exum and Dwight Powell. The Texans, despite the absences of Irving and Markieff Morris, rotated 17 by getting all the players at Kidd’s disposal on the court for at least a few minutes. Real also found space for a pair of class of 2006 Cantera players who were deployed in the final: Diagne and Gonzalez.

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