Dallas Mavericks dominate Lakers as Luka Doncic makes history with triple-double

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 128-110 on March 29 in a must-win game for both teams. Dallas moved within one game of the Warriors for third in the West as Los Angeles slipped to 11th. The Lakers played defense like it was an All-Star game, and they sit outside the play-in tournament after their blowout loss at the American Airlines Center.

Luka Doncic led the way for Dallas with his tenth triple-double of the season and the 46th of his career. The 23-year-old superstar finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal on 12 of 23 shooting from the field, including hitting four 3-pointers. The Mavs outscored LA by 21 in Luka’s 30 minutes on the floor, and he did not play a second in the final period.

It was a special night for Luka and the Mavs as they continue their climb up the standings. Doncic made a bit of history on Tuesday night with his incredible triple-double. Here is a look at that and what is next for the Mavericks.

Luka Doncic makes history as Dallas Mavericks dominate Lakers

Fans knew it was going to be a special night for Doncic from the opening whistle. He had 15 points before the opening quarter reached the midway point. Luka was showing off all his tricks on Tuesday night as the Mavericks cruised to a victory.

The 23-year-old was putting some spice on his passes too as he gave MFFLs plenty to cheer about in their win over the Lakers. 

Doncic moved into a tie for fifth for the most 30-point triple-doubles in NBA history. He matched Wilt Chamberlain with 21, and the Mavericks superstar is only in his fourth NBA season.

The Lakers were without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but it was just an awful performance by Los Angeles. They allowed the most points in the first half since the franchise moved to LA as Dallas scored 82. It did not improve in the second half as the Mavericks had north of 100 points before the six-minute mark in the third quarter. The Lakers need to get their two stars back if they want to have a chance to qualify for the play-in tournament.

Luka Doncic looks like a man on a mission. He wants to lift the Mavs to homecourt in the first round, and the 23-year-old superstar is not letting his team lose. Doncic has been outstanding since the calendar flipped to 2022, and the best is still yet to come from Luka and the Mavericks.

It was an impressive game for Dallas as they controlled things from the opening tip. The Mavs had seven players score in double-figures as the team shot north of 50 percent from the field on Tuesday night. Reggie Bullock and Davis Bertans both had their 3-point shots locked in, and fans know the Mavericks are difficult to defeat when they are hitting from long range.

The Dallas Mavericks have zero time to rest as they travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Their blowout win on Tuesday allowed head coach Jason Kidd to give his starters some extra rest as every game matters down the stretch. The Mavs have six games left in the regular season, and they are looking to move up to third in the West. Do not miss a second of the action as they try to make it a reality.

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