Luka Doncic cleared to play when Mavericks, Rockets meet

With three losses in four games undermining what was a strong start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks received good news on Monday when All-NBA guard Luka Doncic was cleared to play Tuesday after sustaining a left thumb sprain against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Doncic, who entered the week third in the NBA in scoring (30.5 points per game) and sixth in assists per game (7.8), practiced Monday with his thumb wrapped. He

Star-powered Mavericks, Clippers to clash in L.A.

The Dallas Mavericks appear to have figured out how their stars can thrive in a winning environment. The Los Angeles Clippers still are searching for a similar formula. The two star-laden teams meet on Saturday with the Mavericks seeking a sweep of their two-game Los Angeles road trip. Dallas withstood a fourth-quarter charge from the Los Angeles Lakers to win 104-101 on Wednesday. Luka Doncic scored 30 and Kyrie Irving added 28 in the victory.

Mavericks look to ride high-octane offense in clash vs. Lakers

Sometimes the best way to ignite a dormant offense is with a stingy defense. In the case of the Dallas Mavericks, they appear to have it the other way around. The Mavericks will try to override their leaky defense with a high-octane offense when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Dallas is allowing an NBA 24th-best 120.4 points a game. The Mavericks, in turn, are scoring 122.8 points a game, which is

Kings-Mavericks boasts stellar point guard matchup

The Sacramento Kings get an opportunity to take advantage of a travel-weary Dallas Mavericks squad when two of the top teams in the Western Conference duel for the first time this season on Sunday night in Texas. The Kings celebrated a fifth straight win and settled into their Dallas accommodations following a short trip from San Antonio one day earlier. The Mavericks closed out a generally successful, albeit grueling, four-game trip with a tough, 131-125

Mavericks take on Bucks to end road trip

The Dallas Mavericks conclude a four-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks, who are playing their second game in a weekend back-to-back set. Milwaukee crushed Charlotte on Friday, 130-99, in an NBA in-season tournament matchup. Seven Bucks scored at least 11 points, led by Damian Lillard’s 27. Lillard scored just 12 points on Monday in his return from a two-game absence due to a calf injury. Lillard told the Milwaukee Journal

Mavericks look to regain form vs. struggling Wizards

The Dallas Mavericks aim to rebound from their worst loss of the season when they visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. The Mavericks posted their eighth win in 10 outings with a 136-124 victory over New Orleans on Sunday before the Pelicans returned the favor two nights later with a 131-110 decision. Kyrie Irving, who scored 35 points Sunday, and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 17 points in the rematch. Luka Doncic made

High-scoring Mavs out to sweep back-to-back vs. Pelicans

The Dallas Mavericks’ past two games have been their highest-scoring performances of the young season. Dallas will try to keep the points coming when it visits the struggling New Orleans Pelicans for an in-season tournament game on Tuesday night. The Mavericks rolled past the Pelicans 136-124 on Sunday night at New Orleans. Their point total was second to a 144-126 home victory against the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving

Clippers, trying to click with James Harden, finish road trip at Mavs

The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to win a road game this season. The Clippers will aim to halt their slide when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night in the finale of a four-game road trip. The contest is also part of West Group B play of the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament. Los Angeles will be playing its first tourney game while Dallas will be competing in its second. The Mavericks lost to

Mavericks forcing foes to pick their poison with Raptors up next

The Dallas Mavericks will strive to continue their torrid start when they host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Dallas has won six of its first seven games and has the second-best record in the NBA behind the defending champion Denver Nuggets. The Mavericks’ lone loss came against the 7-1 Nuggets. After losing to Denver on Friday, Dallas notched consecutive comeback victories during a back-to-back. The Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit on Sunday to post

Magic look to keep up defensive pressure against visiting Mavs

The Orlando Magic will need to adjust with injured center Wendell Carter Jr. sidelined for the next few weeks, but altering their defensive focus won’t be among the changes. The Magic have been one of the league’s top defensive teams early this season, and they’ll need another strong effort when they face the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Dallas improved to 5-1 with a 124-118 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Luka Doncic scored