Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Nuggets: 1. Luka makes more history
Luka Doncic was not going to let the Mavs fall to another team without their two best players as he was locked in from the opening tipoff on Friday night. The shorthanded Nuggets threw multiple defenses at the 23-year-old superstar, but Doncic solved them all. He is never afraid to pass out of a crowd, and that resulted in another incredible highlight on Nov. 18.
Doncic was unstoppable as the Mavericks raced out to an 18-point edge in the first 24 minutes. Number 77 had 18 points, eight rebounds, and six assists at halftime. Denver tried double-teaming, switching, and playing straight up, but none of it mattered. Luka got to his spots and make plays all over the court as Dallas had a season-high 73-point first half on Friday night.
He was far from done there as Doncic came out firing in the second half. Luka had 13 points in the third quarter, including drilling this 3-pointer with his father in attendance on Friday night.
Luka secured his tenth rebound early in the fourth quarter to complete his 50th career triple-double, and he was the second-fastest player in NBA history to reach that milestone. Doncic finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal in 35 minutes of action on Friday night. He made 11 of his 22 field goals and nine of his 11 free throws in the win.
Doncic continued an incredible season, but it was fantastic to see him come out with his foot on the gas pedal against a shorthanded team. The Mavs took care of business because Luka was at the top of his game on Friday night.
The Dallas Mavericks face the Denver Nuggets again on Sunday night at the American Airlines Center. Will Luka Doncic put up another unbelievable stat line? How will head coach Michael Malone and the Nugget try to stop him? Tune in to find out.