Luka Doncic once again showed why he could be the next big thing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing 35 minutes against New York Nicks, Doncic registered registered a career-high 38 Points, along with 14 Rebounds and 10 Assists in the game.
This was Doncic’s (still only 20 years of age) fourth triple double of the season and 12th in his career, and also his 11th 30 point game. This was the third 30-10-10 game for Luka before the age of 21, surpassing LeBron James.
With his performance on Friday, Luka Doncic has now played four consecutive games with at least 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. No other player in the history of Mavericks has managed to maintain such a streak for more than two games.
Yet, by the end of the game, Doncic looked unhappy. For one, his team did not end up on the winning side. And more importantly, he rued over an opportunity that he missed to make that happen in the final few seconds of the game.
NBA – 140 Points, 50 Rebounds, 30 Assists
NBA – 140 Points, 50 Rebounds, 30 Assists, >15 turnovers
…and no one else.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) November 8, 2019
With just a second more than the shot clock timer to go, Doncic found himself in a similar situation that he did a few weeks back against Portland Trail Balzers. And like in that game, he attempted a three pointer and missed. And like in that game, eventually, he was left disappointed at himself for doing what he did.
“I made a bad decision,” he said after match as per Tim McMohan of ESPN. “That wasn’t the shot I was looking for. I let my team down again.”
Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with 28 points, also expressed his disappointment as the team could not register a victory.
“Tonight I took a step forward,” he was quoted as saying. It sucks that we didn’t get the win. Whoever [the opponent] is, I just want to help this team win games. That’s the main thing for me.”
As for the Knicks, the victory would be great for them after just one win in their previous eight games.