The Dallas Mavericks got back on track with a 116-113 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night behind a 41-point triple-double from Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar was unstoppable as he led his team to a much-needed win that snapped a four-game skid.
It was another historic performance from number 77. According to Mavs PR, he tied Dirk Nowitzki for the second-most 40-point game in team history. It was Luka’s 20th, and Mark Aguirre holds the record with 22. Doncic also had his 13th 35-point triple-double, which tied the fourth-most all-time, but that was not even the most impressive stat of the night.
Luka went for 41 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and four steals in the victory, and it was just the second time in NBA history that someone matched those marks. Larry Bird did it in 1992 in a double-overtime game against the Blazers, but he is the only player. It certainly was a historic night for number 77.
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The Mavs taking out the defending champs took center stage, but the Texas Legends also played on Tuesday night. Jaden Hardy was recalled by the Mavericks and McKinley Wright IV was inactive, so Tyler Dorsey had to step up. The Mavs two-way player dropped 39 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 36 minutes to lift the Legends over the Memphis Hustle.
The Mavericks G League affiliate is 6-5 to begin their season, and they sit just one game behind the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in their division. Hardy, Wright IV, and Dorsey have been impressive so far, and the backcourt trio will look to continue building on those performances.
Luka Doncic stole most of the NBA headlines on Tuesday night on just a three-game slate, but in Detroit, the Mavericks' next two opponents faced off with the Knicks winning 140-110 behind a 36-point game from Julius Randle.
Next up for the Mavs is the Pistons on Thursday, who are struggling with injuries. Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and former Maverick Nerlens Noel missed Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks. Dallas is just 1-7 on the road to begin the season, and they need to take care of business against the shorthanded Pistons before traveling to New York.
All eyes will be on Saturday night’s game against the Knicks as it will be the first time Jalen Brunson faces the Mavericks since departing in free agency. The 11:30 a.m. CT tipoff will bring in the European crowd, and Luka Doncic will be locked in at Madison Square Garden in a cannot miss game.