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Luka Doncic Continues Pursuit of Rookie of the Year Award With Late Heroics Against Wolves

When the Mavericks failed to get stops down the stretch of their game against the Timberwolves on Friday night, they turned instead to Luka Donu010diu0107. The rookie was left with no room for error. Minnesota scored on 10 straight possessions in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, ordering from the full menu of bruising post-ups, artful runners and hard-earned layups. All five Wolves scored in the process. Donu010diu0107, meanwhile, was an offense unto himself. Every field goal that Dallas made in the final six minutes was created, in some way, by him—including a series of three consecutive go-ahead buckets to ice the game for good, 119-115, spoiling what was Ryan Saunders’s home debut as the Wolves’ newly ordained head coach.