Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 and just the second in NBA history to score 30 or more points in eight straight games to open a season on Friday night as he helped his team defeat the Toronto Raptors 111-110. The win moved the Mavs to 5-3, and number 77 was having fun at the American Airlines Center on Nov. 4.
Luka has been otherworldly to begin the season. He is averaging a league-leading 36.0 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field. Doncic has made two of every three 2-point shots he has taken this season, and that makes zero mention of his 8.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game thus far.
Luka did not just make history on Friday night, but he had a blast doing it. There were plenty of highlights from the 23-year-old superstar, but even more smiles as the Mavericks earned a hard-fought win over the Raptors.
Luka Doncic is having fun and making history as the Mavericks defeat the Raptors
The play of the night happened late in the third quarter with Doncic stuck on 29 points. The Raptors were sending double teams and making everything tough on him, so he broke out the dribble moves before drilling a tough contested fadeaway to secure the history-making performance. See Luka’s two most difficult plays from Friday night and his postgame commentary on them below.
Tim MacMahon also asked Doncic what goes through his mind when he makes a play like that, and fans can read Luka’s response below.
"It’s just fun. Those plays are fun. Later, you see it on TV. Everybody talks about it, but it is just fun. Tough shots, sorry for my language, but the bulls**t shots, when you make them, it is just fun."
Luka Doncic was certainly having fun on Friday night as he finished 35 points on ten of 15 shooting from the field. That includes him busting out his Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hook shot and hitting three 3-pointers. He also had eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block against one of the toughest defenses to solve in the NBA.
Doncic has been unstoppable to begin the 2022-23 season. It is not just the eight straight 30-point efforts. He is attacking the rim and getting anywhere he wants on the floor in what is shaping up to be a special season for the Dallas Mavericks and the 23-year-old superstar. What should fans expect next? Stay tuned to find out.