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Doncic's Dazzling Display Can't Save Mavs: Fans Divided on MVP Candidacy
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Luka Doncic had another stellar performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, chipping in 39 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. But despite his individual brilliance, the Dallas Mavericks squandered a 20-point lead and ultimately fell 113-110. The inconsistent performance sparked debate among NBA fans, with some questioning whether Doncic could be named MVP despite his team's struggles.

Doncic had a great first half, propelling the Splash Brothers to a seemingly comfortable lead. However, his scoring dipped in the second half, coinciding with the team's collapse. Despite his impressive scoring average over his last 15 games, this inconsistency has frustrated some fans.

"It's too bad it's only 8 wins and 7 losses," one fan said of Doncic's individual heroics. Others questioned his performance in key moments, especially against a depleted Cavaliers team: "Somebody's MVP lost a 20-point lead to an injured Cavaliers team."

However, not everyone was quick to dismiss Doncic's MVP credentials. Another fan asked, "So why isn't he the MVP frontrunner?" He acknowledged Doncic's dominance this month and potential challenge to Joel Embiid.

The mixed reaction reflects the complex narrative surrounding Doncic. His individual talent is undeniable, but the Cavaliers' inability to consistently turn his brilliance into wins raises questions about his leadership and impact on the team's overall performance.

The Cavaliers' weaknesses were further exposed when they rallied with the help of 75 combined points from Levert, Allen and Okoro. While Doncic's 39 points were commendable, it was not enough to overcome their collective collapse in the second half.

The loss drops the Buffaloes' record to 18 wins and 13 losses, good for sixth place in the Western Conference. The inconsistent record coupled with Doncic's seemingly isolationist play has left the MVP conversation up in the air and fans are divided. It remains to be seen if Doncic can lead the Mavericks to sustained success and solidify his MVP candidacy.
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