Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic did something nobody has ever done on Tuesday night as he went for 60 points, 21 rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and one block in 47 minutes of action. It was the first-ever 60-point 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history. Yes, not even Wilt Chamberlain produced a line like Doncic did in the Mavs improbable win over the Knicks.
The list of accomplishments for Doncic was so long that Mavs PR could even fit it in one Tweet. He broke the Mavericks' single-game scoring record, which was previously held by Dirk Nowitzki. Luka tied the team’s franchise record for field goals made in a game record set by Mark Aguirre in 1984. It was his third 50-point game, which set a new franchise record. Doncic joined James Harden as the second player ever to produce a 60-point triple-double as he tied Nikola Jokic for the most triple-doubles this season with seven.
Luka had arguably the greatest regular season game in NBA history. It deserves to be mentioned in the class of Wilt’s 100-point game and the 81-point performance by Kobe Bryant. Doncic had 35 after three quarters before going for 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime to lift Dallas to the victory. It was certainly a historic and unforgettable night.
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Luka’s performance on Tuesday night set social media on fire. Everybody was talking about Doncic and his never-before-seen 60-point 20-rebound triple-double, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Kevin Durant noted that Doncic’s stat line looked like something out of the game NBA 2K.
Players from across the league were commenting on the performance and the Mavs improbable comeback. Dallas was down nine with 33 seconds to go in the fourth quarter before coming back to tie the game and force overtime. Doncic just would not let them lose on Dec. 27. Kevin Garnett had arguably the comment of the night.
ESPN analyst Dick Vitale did the best job summing up Luka’s performance on Tuesday evening as everybody was left nearly speechless.
Only Luka Doncic can have that impact and produce those numbers.
Luka Doncic led all the national headlines on Wednesday morning, but there was no shortage of other storylines. Lost in Luka’s 60-point triple-double was Jalen Brunson missing his return to Dallas with a hip injury. The team played a video tribute between the first and second quarters as the crowd cheered for the former Maverick. Brunson’s first game at the American Airlines Center as a Knick will have to wait until next season.
The non-Luka game of the night goes to the Phoenix Suns as they dominated the Memphis Grizzlies without Devin Booker. Duane Washington Jr. led the way with 28 points as Phoenix picked up a key road win to move up in the crowded Western Conference standings.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Thursday night as they host the Houston Rockets. What can Luka Doncic do for an encore? It was his second 50-point game of the week, and the first came against the Rockets. Will it be another monster performance from number 77? Tune in to find out.