Former Mavericks Teammate Sarcastically Flames ‘Overrated’ Luka Doncic After Massive Triple Double

Published 12/02/2023, 11:52 PM EST

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Ever the aficionado for analytics and numbers, JJ Redick brought his wizardry to the comments section of an Emmy-winning director. When Jason Gallagher expressed admiration for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, Redick playfully ripped into the head of production of Redick’s ‘Old Man and the Three‘ Podcast.

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Redick sarcastically wrote, “His box score stats are overrated though.” One fan seemed to fail to understand the sarcasm though, as he replied, “actually? haven’t watched the game just had work but 36-15-17 is crazy.” Redick then had to clarify why he said it. He wrote, “No it was a joke based on a stupid twitter take this week.”

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Doncic recorded 36 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished 18 assists. Going 11-22 from the field, he sank 5 threes along the way. It is his third triple-double of the season and the first since the opening month. Furthermore, it was also Luka’s 59th career triple-double, tying him with Celtics legend Larry Bird on the all-time triple-double list.

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Additionally, in the process, Luka became the first player in NBA history to have a 35/15/15 game with 5+ threes. Furthermore, Doncic is now amongst the five active NBA players with their names on the league’s all-time triple-double leaders list. However, Luka’s humongous game didn’t prove to be enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder snatched a 126-120 win in Dallas.

Luka Doncic had the game in the bag, almost

The Thunder exerted dominance over the Mavericks throughout most of the game, taking advantage of the Mavs hosting the game with a shorthanded lineup. For Dallas, Kyrie Irving was absent due to foot soreness, Tim Hardaway Jr. due to back spasms, Maxi Kleber due to toe dislocation, Josh Green was recovering a right elbow sprain, and Dante Exum was ruled out due to personal and undisclosed reasons.

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Despite the setbacks, Luka Doncic entered the arena with joy, celebrating the birth of his newborn. Something huge was anticipated by fans when they noticed that Luka had his daughter’s name scribbled on his shoes.

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OKC outscored the Mavs in the initial three stretches, amassing a 23-point benefit entering the fourth quarter. Many already deemed the game concluded in favor of OKC. However, Doncic, after a slow start, spearheaded a late push; resulting in the Mavs cultivating a remarkable 30-0 run. As a result, the stretch propelled them to a 6-point lead with just over 4 minutes on the clock.

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Despite the impressive comeback, the Thunder regained control, securing another lead with just 40 seconds remaining in the game. Soon, the final margin was established as the Mavs didn’t have sufficient time to recover and they lost the game 120-126. Dallas will hope to bounce back from this setback against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

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Saahil Dhillan

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