The Dallas Mavericks dominated the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 8 behind a total team effort. Superstar Luka Doncic had 25 points to lead the team as Dallas had five players in double-figures in the 108-92 win. The Pelicans were without their two best players as Dallas took care of business to move to 7-3 on the young season.
Luka had a quiet 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes of action. He shot ten of 21 from the field and two of five on his 3-point tries. Doncic got off to a slow start with four first-quarter turnovers before efficiently piling up stats.
It was the 131st time in his career that Luka Doncic had at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a game, which broke the Mavs franchise record of 130 previously held by Dirk Nowitzki. Yes, it is an arbitrary stat line that does not mean much, but here is a look at why that is so impressive.
Luka Doncic breaks one of Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki's franchise record
Dirk played 1,522 games in his legendary and soon-to-be Hall of Fame NBA career. It was a magical run over 21 seasons that made him one of the all-time greats, and he still only had 130 games where he went for 20-5-5.
Luka has played in 209 NBA games after Monday’s win over New Orleans, which means he has gone for 20-5-5 in 62.7 percent of his contests. It is an average night for Doncic, but fans should not take it for granted. Luka is special. The 22-year-old breaking the mark in less than four seasons is impressive, and Doncic is far from done.
Luka also tied Dirk Nowitzki’s mark of three game-winning buzzer-beaters in the Mavs previous game against the Boston Celtics. The fact that the 22-year-old is breaking franchise records already is a testament to his greatness since entering the NBA in 2018.
Congratulations go out to Luka for breaking another franchise record. He already has the most-triple-doubles and is on pace to shatter the books. Dallas Mavericks fans must keep tuning in because nobody knows what Luka Doncic is going to accomplish next, but they will not want to miss it.