Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is set to play in Saturday night’s home game against the Sacramento Kings despite right ankle soreness, one night after scoring a career-high 73 points against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Mavericks listed Doncic as questionable earlier Saturday. But Dallas coach Jason Kidd said prior to the contest that Doncic was available to play.
Doncic’s point total tied for the fourth highest in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and Kobe Bryant (once) scored more points in a game than Doncic.
Doncic experienced ankle soreness earlier this month and missed four games in a six-game stretch. He also twisted it during Wednesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.
In Friday’s game, Doncic made 25 of 33 shots from the field, 8 of 13 3-point attempts and 15 of 16 free throws against Atlanta while helping Dallas end a three-game skid.
Doncic’s franchise-record output tied for fourth with Chamberlain (twice) and David Thompson, whose big outing came in the finale of the 1977-78 season.
Chamberlain owns the NBA record of 100 points and also had a 78-point effort during his dominating career. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash four years ago Friday, ranks second with an 81-point game.
Kidd said that guard Kyrie Irving (right thumb) will miss his third straight game. Forward Derrick Jones Jr., who left Friday’s game with a left wrist injury, was also ruled out.
Guard Dante Exum (knee) also will miss the contest, while forward Maxi Kleber (dislocated toe) is set to return after a one-game absence.