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Mavericks: Luka Doncic makes history with third Player of Week win

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games with superstar Luka Doncic leading the way. They swept a two-game set from the defending champion Lakers to move into sixth in the Western Conference. The Mavs are focused on avoiding the play-in tournament and getting hot for the postseason over the regular season’s final 13 games.

Dallas going undefeated helped Luka earn Western Conference Player of the Week on April 26. The 22-year-old superstar narrowly missed a triple-double per game by averaging 26.0 points 9.0 rebounds, and 10.0 assists over their three-game winning streak.

Doncic made a bit of Mavericks history with the win. Here is a closer look at the special accomplishment and why he needs to keep it going down the stretch.

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Luka Doncic makes Mavericks history with third Player of Week win of season

Doncic won the award for the third time this season and fourth in his career. He becomes the second Maverick to win the award four or more times, and the second one to win at least three in one season. Mavs GOAT Dirk Nowitzki is the only other player to accomplish both feats. The all-time great won the award 16 times including four in the 2009-2010 campaign.

Luka Doncic has three more chances to grab his fourth win this season. Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only other players to win the award three times this year. A fourth win could be a separator in the race for MVP votes. Doncic is back in the race, but not the favorite.

The Dallas Mavericks are just 1.5 games ahead of the Trail Blazers for sixth in the Western Conference. They do not want to drop into the play-in tournament, so every game matter down the stretch. Expect Luka Doncic to continue his hot play as he tries to lift the Mavs into the playoffs. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so stay tuned and do not forget to check to The Smoking Cuban for more.

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