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Luka Doncic out for Warriors-Mavericks game


DALLAS — The Warriors caught a big break before going for their seventh straight victory.

Luka Doncic, the Mavericks’ all-world guard, was ruled out with right knee soreness. Dallas entered Friday night’s contest 3-6 in games Doncic missed this season.

Doncic is leading the NBA in scoring at 33.8 points per game. He also ranks second in assists (9.8) and 16th in rebounds per game (9.2).

Without Doncic, Dallas’ offensive machine — ranked sixth in offensive rating — is suddenly Kyrie Irving’s to operate.

“You still have plenty to worry about without Luka,” Steve Kerr said pregame. “Obviously Kyrie becomes the focal point, but they have guys that are still very capable. (Tim) Hardaway and (JJ) Hardy…those guys will be very aggressive.”

The Warriors, who have secured at least a spot in the Play-In Tournament, aren’t at full-strength, either. Andrew Wiggins, who has put together his best stretch of his season recently, is sidelined with ankle soreness. Jonathan Kuminga will also miss his sixth straight game with bilateral knee tendinitis.

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