Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Raptors: 1. Luka keeps making history
Luka Doncic made more history on Friday night, and it was clear from the opening tipoff that it was going to be a special night. He had 14 points in the opening quarter and got to the free-throw line seven times. The Raptors were mixing coverages and sending double teams, but it did not matter. Luka stayed unstoppable.
Doncic had 31 after three quarters, and he showed off a bit after the history-making basket. Fans can see Luka’s footwork, fadeaway, and dance below.
Luka finished with 35 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block in 38 minutes of action against the Raptors. He was ten of 15 from the field, including making three 3-pointers, and hitting 12 of his 14 free throws. It was another incredible performance from number 77, and there was even a hook shot on Friday night to showcase his entire bag of tricks.
It was his eighth straight 30-plus point game to open the 2022-23 season, which ties the second-longest mark in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain has scored 30-plus more times to open a season than Doncic as the 23-year-old joined more rarified air on Nov. 4.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Monday night as they host the Brooklyn Nets to wrap up their five-game homestand. There is plenty of turmoil around the Nets, but can Luka Doncic and company take advantage for their fourth straight win? Do not miss Monday’s game to find out.