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Luka Doncic, who returned to action after missing the last four games with a sprained ankle, scored 24 points (on 9/23 shooting), grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out eight assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 102-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Dallas is fifth in the West, with a 20-10 record.

After the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised Doncic:

“I hate to say this: He’s not Magic Johnson, but it’s Magic Johnson-like in the sense that he sees the floor in that same way. He’s got a real intuitive sense, and you can’t teach that. He’s just got it and he’s great at it. I’m not trying to put the Magic Johnson pressure on him – he’s not ready for that yet – but he’s doing a hell of a job,” Popovich said, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.