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New chapter of the rivalry: Doncic prevails over Trae

Ambas estrellas vuelven a cruzarse con victoria para Doncic, que logró un triple-doble. Los Mavericks, quintos del Oeste, frenan la progresión de los Hawks.

It will be a generational rivalry. This is what is expected of Luka Doncic and Trae Young, two players who have been joined by destiny. The Slovenian arrived at number 3 in the draft, in 2018. The American two places later. The first chosen by the Hawks, was transferred directly to Dallas in exchange for the second. Along the way, the two best players of a lottery full of talent crossed paths. And, since then, both have been absolute protagonists of a competition that waits for no one and that they aspire to conquer in the future, while doing their job in an arduous and laborious present in which both have had difficultiesThey have seen the other side of the competition and have had different coaches at very different times for two similar projects in substance and form.

After tonight’s victory, Doncic dominates the individual duels of both players 4-2. The Slovenian averaged just over 22 points with them, with 10 rebounds and more than 8 assists. Trae goes slightly above 20 points, with 3 rebounds and almost 11 assists. Neither has particularly stood out in any of the confrontations they have had and the situation has not been different in this last clash: very bad in field goals, Trae went to 17 points and 11 assists while shooting poorly 6-for-19, including a lousy 0-for-6 on 3-pointers.. Doncic had a triple-double (18+10+11), but he was also bad in the shot (6 of 17).

Beyond the numbers of both protagonists, the match was marked by the poor percentages of both teams and the foul problems of the Mavericks, who managed the situation as best they could to get the match. The local team went to 25 fouls, 5 from Doncic and as many from Jalen Brunsonbut they survived a last quarter that they entered only 4 up (80-76) and it was very difficult for them to separate themselves from the Hawks who were only 2 points away (88-86) with just over 4 minutes to go. A 12-2 run brought the score to 100-88 and peace of mind for Jason Kidd’s teamwhich stabilizes in fifth place in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games behind the Jazz and home court advantage in the first round.

In the Hawks, the positive dynamic is slightly slowed down, but the fight continues. John Collins worked very well under the boards (22+18) and up to 5 players were above double digits in scoring. Of course, they have to forget the defeat and continue fighting: they occupy the tenth place in the East, the last one that gives access to the play in, and the Wizards are just a half game away. The Hornets, ninth, are 1.5 ahead of them, so Atlanta will have to push in the coming weeks and return to where it was very recently to continue its spectacular comeback and have a chance of playing in the playoffs. A smaller prize for a team that surprisingly reached the Conference finals last year, but that can serve to straighten out a complicated season. For now, a new duel between Doncic and Trae, the present and future of the NBA. Two players who go hand in hand with greatness. And on the way to being legends.

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