Here’s our five takeaways from Friday night’s 106-102 New York victory over the Mavericks, which dropped their record to 2-3 at American Airlines Center and 5-3 overall.
About that last shot: Luka Doncic was trying to make something happen and, in hindsight, he knows it wasn’t the best choice. His 35-foot heave with 18 seconds left hit hard off the back iron. He had one foot on the center-court logo. The Mavericks could have done any number of things on that possession, when they were down 105-102. A quick 2-pointer. A drive-and-kick for a 3-pointer. But it’s tough to be critical of Doncic’s shot because he’s made it before.