Before facing the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich promised with a laugh that his team would hold Luka Doncic to under 50 points.
“50 is going to be our goal. We’re holding Luka under 50,” he said.
They almost did – with Doncic stuck on 49 points until a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds to play took him to 51 points. Dallas escaped with a 126-125 win, having led by as many as 17 points before a late collapse.
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Doncic added nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in another massive performance, his third 50-point effort in the last five games (over just eight days) and the fourth of his career.
Doncic said he had…