Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Gets Past LeBron James and Other Greats to Set a Unique NBA Record

Published 01/20/2021, 10:20 PM EST
Jan 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates with teammates during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Mavericks finally bounced back after losing three back-to-back games. They won 124-112 against the Pacers to stand at 7-7 this season. It was a solid team performance that helped the Mavs put a W against a scary Pacers side led by Malcolm Brogdon.

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Obviously, it was not without the help of Luka Doncic that the Mavs could pull a win. Luka opened the game with a two-point shot and did not look back.

He missed out on a couple of mid-range jump shots but got better as the game proceeded. In the end, he set an individual record in yet another feat of brilliance this season.

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Mavericks’ Luka Doncic for yet another league record

For many NBA analysts, it is only about time that Luka will soon see his name alongside LeBron James in the category of legends. He is just 21-YO and still more than a month away from blowing the candles off his 22nd birthday cake. Why is this important? Because the Slovenian already has 30 triple-doubles in his career. This has made him set an insane and almost invincible record-

Oscar Robertson had taken 75 games to reach his 30 triple-doubles, Luka took 146 games, and Magic Johnson, 190. The Mavericks star is a complete package and someone who is hungry for winning games. He is a very intelligent player and knows how to play off the ball.

He is good at both sides of the glass and someone who is reliable even with driving the ball cutting through traffic. While there are not many flaws in his game, he must still work on his speed. 

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The win must relieve the Mavs for more than one reason

This was the Mavs’ second win with Kristaps Porzingis on the team. The Unicorn joined them late after his Orlando Bubble injury kept him out of play for a quarter at a stretch.

He averaged 18.5 points in his first four games and scored a 27-point double-double in the game against the Pacers. That, coupled with Trey Burke coming off the bench to add 22 points, left nothing much for Indiana.

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Luka Doncic has the right pieces around to support him. It is still early to claim, but it looks like they have a good chance to go past the 1st round in the playoffs this time around. For the record, the only thing Luka misses is taking his team deeper into the postseason, and he will give it his all to add that feather to his hat before turning 23.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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