Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Very Close to Breaking into the Top 10 of an Important League Record

Published 03/10/2021, 11:33 PM EST
Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) makes a jump shot against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Mavericks were on a three-game win streak before the All-Star break. They continued that momentum as they defeated a tough opponent in Spurs 115-104. Luka Doncic again proved to be an efficient force from both ends and ensured they started the second half with a W.

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For the Spurs, it was guard-forward, DeMar DeRozan, who scored a double-double, but they failed to capitalize on that performance. With the victory, the Mavs now have 19 wins, one more than the Spurs, making their WC position stronger.

Luka Doncic and his expanding legacy

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Luka is undoubtedly a complete package, and a bird laying golden eggs for team owner Mark Cuban. He is just into the third year of his already glorious career and is only getting better with every season.

After Dirk Nowitzki, he is quickly taking over as the torchbearer for the Mavericks. It is only about time that the youngster might take the name of Mr. Triple Double from Jason Kidd and Russell Westbrook.

In the game against the Spurs, the Slovenian scored 22 points, 12 rebounds, and as many assists. This was his 33rd career triple-double in just 166 career games.

This means that he scores a triple-double in every fifth game he plays. Now, the 22-YO is just 10 triple-doubles away from breaking into the Top 10 of this elusive list. Among the active players, only Russ, LeBron James, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic are part of that list. 

If the Mavericks star continues to run with this pace, he will break the record of Oscar Robertson (181) just as he enters his 30s. 

How the Mavericks overpowered the Spurs?

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The Mavs were trailing by halftime, and it was appearing as if the deficit would only increase. However, Kristaps Porzingis took matters into his own hands as he scored 21 points in the latter half.

Both Kristaps and Luka added 37 points out of the Mavs’ 63 points after halftime. From Q3 onwards, it felt as if the Mavericks owned the possession and the conversions. 

Luka Doncic, even with a triple-double outing, struggled with too many turnovers (6) and a poor three-point shooting (20%). Also, the Mavs were a poor team at defense, and it was just their offense that saved the game for them. Would they be able to better their defense against the Magic when they play them tomorrow? Stay tuned to find out.

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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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