The Dallas Mavericks made a seemingly impossible comeback to defeat the New York Knicks on Tuesday night behind a 60-point triple-double from superstar Luka Doncic. He did it all against the Knicks, including producing the first 60-point 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history.
Luka made plenty of history on Dec. 27. He now holds the Mavericks franchise record for points in one game, for the most 50-point triple-doubles in team history, and for the most points ever scored at the American Airlines Center. Doncic was incredible as he lifted Dallas to their fourth straight win.
Fans are used to him being the first player since Wilt Chamberlain or Oscar Robertson, but it is rare that Doncic does something that has never happened before. The NBA started in 1946, so any history-making performance is special. Did fans just witness the best game of Doncic’s career?
Did fans just witness the greatest game of Luka Doncic's career?
Luka’s performance on Dec. 27 was up there with the all-time greats. It deserves to be mentioned alongside Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and Kobe Bryant’s 81-point masterpiece.
There have been 81 60-point games in NBA history, but only six players have done it more than once. Wilt holds the record with 32 such contests. Kobe Bryant had his first 60-point game just over one month before he exploded for 81 against the Raptors. He went on to have four more in his career, including his final NBA game. James Harden, Michael Jordan, Damian Lillard, and Elgin Baylor are the only other players with more than one 60-point game.
Luka’s chances of being the seventh player to score 60-plus in multiple games are high, considering he is just 23 years old and one of the best scorers in the league, but scoring 60 with 20-plus rebounds and ten dimes will be a next-to-impossible task. Luka produced just the second 60-point triple-double in NBA history. Harden did it in 2018 and has never come close to matching the feat, despite having three more 60 pieces.
Luka Doncic produced one of the all-time great performances on Dec. 27. Even if he can produce a comparable stat line, it will be difficult to match the heroic. Doncic even completed the intentionally missed free throw and putback to tie the game with just one second remaining before willing Dallas to victory in overtime.
Luka is already a historically great player and the second-best Dallas Mavericks in franchise history. Did fans just witness the best game of his career? Odds are high that they did, but keep tuning in to see if number 77 can surpass it.