In a dynamic display of skill, Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 68 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks (11-6) to a 121-115 victory over the Houston Rockets (8-7) in a captivating NBA In-Season Tournament clash.

Doncic’s stellar performance saw him narrowly miss a triple-double, contributing 41 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. Irving added 27 points, with 22 coming in the second half, propelling the Mavericks to a hard-fought win.

Despite already being eliminated from tournament contention, the Mavericks played spoiler, preventing the Rockets from advancing to the quarterfinals. The victory also facilitated the New Orleans Pelicans’ triumph in Group B of the Western Conference.

Alperen Sengun led the Rockets with a season-best 31 points, showcasing his potential alongside other contributors like Fred VanVleet, who recorded 10 points and 12 assists.