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Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic has triple-double, but turnovers riddle Dallas Mavericks' hobbled star

BOSTON 鈥 took just two shots in the third quarter, didn鈥檛 score in the fourth quarter until 1:15 remained in the game, and scored just nine points in the second half and three in the fourth quarter.

Yes, the ' All-NBA guard recorded his first NBA Finals triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but he also had eight turnovers and was 4-for-8 on free throws in Boston鈥檚 against Dallas in Game 2 on Sunday.

鈥淢y turnovers and my missed free throws cost us the game,鈥 Doncic said. 鈥淪o, I've got to do way better in those two categories.鈥

Doncic had his second consecutive Finals game with at least 30 points, but he is also playing with injuries. He has dealt with a sore left ankle and a sprained right knee for much of the playoffs and was downgraded to questionable for Game 2 after adding a bruised chest to his maladies.

He said he injured his chest taking a charge in Game 1, but called himself OK and well enough to play. But a majority of shots were outside the paint, including several step-back, fadeaway jumpers.

Luka Doncic (77) dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics' Payton Pritchard during Game 2.

鈥淗e was great,鈥 Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. 鈥淣o matter what he says, that's just who he is. He's a leader. It's not all on him. It's a team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team.

鈥淪o, he put us in a position. He was really good tonight. Unfortunately, we just couldn't get over the hump. I thought our defense was really, really good. We've just got to take care of the ball. There's too many turnovers that gave them points, and then also being able to score the ball, and right now, we've got to find someone to join Luka and Ky in that scoring category.鈥

Doncic鈥檚 stats in two Finals games look good: 31 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 51.1% from the field and 38.1% on 3-pointers. He鈥檚 also shooting just 46.2% on free throws and committing 6.0 turnovers per game.

The Mavericks鈥 potent offense has been held under 100 points in both Finals games, and the Mavs are just 24.5% on 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving is shooting 35.1% from the field and is 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. In Game 2, the Mavs were 16-for-24 on free throws and committed 15 turnovers leading to 21 Celtics points.

鈥淲e've got to make shots, we've got to make free throws and less turnovers,鈥 Doncic said. 鈥淭hose three things I think are the key for a win.鈥

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