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Youngsters Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wolves 140-136

Luka Doncic scored 26 points in the teenager's home debut, Dennis Smith Jr. converted a tiebreaking three-point play with six seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 140-136 in a wild offensive game Saturday night.

Doncic drops 26 points in home debut (0:49)
Smith drills game-winning jumper (0:18)
Jordan rejects Towns' shot out of bounds (0:16)
Doncic hits a pair of 3-pointers in under a minute (0:28)
Doncic shows off his handles (0:16)
Doncic, Nowitzki get introduced in Mavs home opener (0:30)
Jordan stuffs Towns (0:16)
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
2dTim MacMahon

Cautious Wolves resting Butler vs. Mavericks

Minnesota's Jimmy Butler won't face the Mavericks on Saturday as the team opts to have him rest the night after he scored 33 points in a win over Cleveland.

Ayton, Doncic make rookie debuts (0:53)
Nowitzki says Doncic will be fun to watch (1:44)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Great example of the sensational feel and confidence Luka Doncic has: He grabbed a long defensive rebound late in the third and immediately pushed it, creating a quick layup for himself on the other end. No hesitation whatsoever — he just grabbed it and went.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton had the stronger first half in his debut against No. 3 pick Luka Doncic as his Phoenix Suns took a 56-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks to the break. Ayton had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes, knocking down a pair of midrange jumpers and finishing an and-one with the foul on Doncic. Doncic showed his court vision, handing out three assists to DeAndre Jordan, including a behind-the-back pass for a dunk. However, Doncic missed all three shots he attempted outside the paint.

Doncic drives past Booker for layup (0:20)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not hard to see what has the NBA world captivated by Luka Doncic's potential. The flash is what catches the eye, but he's completely under control and poised with the ball. It's almost as if he's been playing professionally at a very high level already.

Doncic eases to basket for first points (0:16)

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

After Philly's loss last night, teams that played preseason games in China are now 1-8 ATS and straight up in their regular-season opener, since the 2014-15 season. The Mavs are 1-point underdogs tonight in Phoenix.

Press Start: 2018 Australian & NZ NBA lineup (1:44)
Jordan slams the door on dunk (0:16)
Spalding cruses windmill dunk (0:28)
Doncic shows off all the skills (0:59)
Jordan crushes the rim (0:19)

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Team Stats

Points Per Game120.06th
Rebounds Per Game40.0Tied-26th
Assists Per Game28.52nd
Points Allowed128.529th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1911.500
2017-182458.293
2016-173349.402
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610