Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Smashes Magic Johnson’s Record After Incredible Night Against Hawks

Published 02/11/2021, 12:21 AM EST
Feb 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


It looks like the Dallas Mavericks are getting their mojo back as they prevailed over the Atlanta Hawks with a 118-117 victory. The last time these two teams met, the Hawks lost with a much more embarrassing score than this.

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However, this matchup was like a battle between the two All-Stars, Trae Young and Luka Doncic.

While both played extraordinarily well, it was Luka who found his name next to one of NBA’s legends after the game came to a close end. It looks like the superstar won’t stop making or breaking records.

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Luka Doncic took over Magic Johnson

The first quarter of the game went neck to neck throughout. In fact, it ended with the Mavs leading by just one point. Although the Hawks prevailed in the second quarter as the Dallas Mavericks started missing shots from beyond the arc, ending halftime with a 10 point deficit.

But while Trae Young started dropping threes here and there, finishing with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 15 assists, Doncic didn’t hold back either. He added another triple-double of the season which ended with him surpassing Magic Johnson in a unique record.

As per ESPN Stats and Info, “Luka Doncic finished with 28 points, 10 assists & 10 rebounds tonight in a win vs the Hawks. It’s his 32nd career triple-double, passing Magic Johnson for the 2nd most all-time by a player in his first three seasons.”

This isn’t the first time Luka has made it to the elite group. In such little time, he has established himself as one of the best players in the league.

He was also under the radar for the MVP award this year. However, Dallas’ poor performance so far is preventing him from being in the top five right now.

Will the Dallas Mavericks make it to the playoffs?

Although it looks like the Mavs are getting their act together, a lot of the season is still left. The Western Conference is more competitive than before, and it won’t be easy for them to rise through the ranks.

With a 12-14 record, they are standing at the 12th spot in the West. This results from the many absences from their roster because of the coronavirus. In fact, Doncic’s side-kick Kristaps Porzingis is struggling ever since he returned to the court from his knee surgery in October.

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Unless they reverse their negative momentum, their chances to land a playoff spot are bleak. Doncic can’t be the only one holding the fort for them. Their terrible run this season will also cost Luka a shot at the MVP award, for which he was favorite before the 2020-21 campaign began.

Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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