Jason Kidd enjoys letting his team figure things out, and his reasoning dates back to his years as a player.

“As a player, I didn’t like timeouts,” Kidd said. “Big picture is prepare to have all the answers for the playoffs. The dress rehearsal is that there are going to be times that things don’t go well. I’m not taking a timeout. We got to figure it out on the floor.”

So, it was no surprise, when playing against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, Luka Doncic solved the on-court equation and did so in style. Choosing to “figure it out,” he poured in a season-high 41 points, fending off Toronto en route to a 102-98 Dallas Mavericks win.

“He did a great job from start to finish,” Kidd said. “He was aggressive. And he got to the paint, he got to the free-throw line and he made some big threes for us.”

Toronto tried to send multiple looks at Doncic. The Raptors wanted to confuse him. At times they shaded help defense over and sent sporadic double-teams in the post. It didn’t work. Doncic was too good.

“He accepted the double team and trusted his teammates,” Kidd said. “He was just great.”

And when the game hung in the balance, he answered the call with one of his signature, timely, clutch 3-point jump shots as the shot clock expired.

See for yourself.

In typical Luka fashion, he wasn’t satisfied with the game. When greatness beckons, one can’t rest on their laurels. They always need to figure it out — especially if you play for Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Doncic said. “It’s a long 3 and we go up with four with a minute to go, it’s a great feeling. Like I said, I have to keep trusting my shot and let it go.”

Dallas figured out something special 

It’s nice that Doncic finished with 41 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. The Mavs are 8-2 all-time when Doncic drops 40-plus points. And it’s also nice that it was the 30th game he’s dropped at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, making him the 11th player in NBA history to do so.

However, what Doncic is probably more proud of is the Mavericks’ 10-1 record in the last 11 games.

Dallas has won by holding opponents to under 100 points in eight of those games. And the last team to shoot better than 50 percent against Dallas was the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 7, 2021.

Since the New Year, Dallas is a better team. Kidd may chalk it up to figuring things out, but it also helps when Doncic takes over, reminding everyone of why his nickname is LukaMagic, to begin with.

“I felt great out there especially when we get the win and I just felt great out there,” Doncic said. “[I just have to] Keep being aggressive and just play basketball.”

Related Dallas Mavericks reading

“Luka Doncic’s historic triple-double against the Oklahoma City Thunder.” 
“Mavs Journal: healthy and whole, the Dallas Mavericks’ time is now.” 
“The best is yet to come: Doncic and Brunson believe more winning is instore.” 

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