The 20-year old star Luka Doncic dominated with 25 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds as the Mavericks beat the Kings. Doncic joined the elite company of James harden, Magic Johnson as one of the only 5 players to record a similar stat line.
While Oscar Robertson achieved this feat seven times in his career. Players like Magic Johnson, James Harden and Nikola Jokić have achieved the same only once in their careers.
The Slovenian is among the early NBA MVP contenders. Doncic was averaging 28.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists heading into the clash with Kings.
Doncic leads the way for Maverick’s win over Kings and went on creating history along the way. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with 17+ assists. He also became the only player in franchise history to record a triple-double with 15+ rebounds and assists.
Rick Carlisle on Luka Doncic and the win against the Kings
“These numbers are just crazy,” Carlisle said as he looked at the stat sheet. “It’s hard to fathom. They’re trapping him all over the court every time down. He’s both beating the traps and playing beautifully out of the traps.”
Luka Doncic was 0-4 in his career against the Kings despite averaging 24 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8 assists. “This has been a hard team for us to play, difficult matchups,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our starters, our bench, everybody contributed in a big way.”
Seth Curry scored 21 points off the bench providing a much-needed boost in the first half. Dwight Powell added 17 points and 9 rebounds and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.
This helped Mavs to win their third straight game despite the absence of Porzingis who missed his ninth straight game
The Mavs desperately miss what Kristaps Porzingis on both side of the court but they have also proven that they can tread without him as well. That could be very reason Dallas is taking such a cautious approach here. The Mavericks have a day off before playing Portland, and Carlisle said the team will assess Porzingis’ situation then.