Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Joins Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Elite Playoff Record

Published 05/29/2021, 9:57 AM EDT
May 28, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) brings the ball up court against the LA Clippers during the first quarter in game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t take advantage of home court last night as they fell to the LA Clippers in Game 3. They fell short by 10 points despite a heroic effort from their star Luka Doncic.

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The Slovenian ended the game with 44 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists but that wasn’t enough for the win. However, that was just enough to help him enter the record books.

It was his ninth playoff game, and with that, he has already tallied 300 points. Only two other players in NBA history have recorded at least 300 points in the first nine playoff games of their career. Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan are the two players, and both of them had exactly 325 points each.

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In his first postseason last year, Doncic averaged 31 points per game in six games. In the first three games of the playoffs this year, he is averaging a ridiculous 38 points per game. All of his nine games have been against the Clippers. Unfortunately, majority of them have ended in losses, but Doncic will be eager to change that soon.

Can Luka Doncic help the Dallas Mavericks to conquer the LA Clippers?

Following their win over the Mavs last season, the Clippers entered as favorites to win the series. But the Mavs caught them off guard, and overpowered them with their offense to take a 2-0 lead. While Doncic was unsurprisingly leading the team in scoring, his teammates also chimed in with crucial contributions.

But last night’s loss was brutal, especially for Luka. The 21-year-old did everything he could, except make free throws, but his teammates failed to reciprocate his effort. None of them were helping out on defense, and their offense was laughable too. 3/5 of their starters shot 30% and below from the field. Kristaps Porzingis, who is supposed to be the second best player on the team, was a shadow on both ends.

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On the other hand, the Clippers star duo shot lights out. Kawhi Leonard had 36 points shooting 76% while Paul George had 29 points shooting 61% from the field.

The Mavericks were leading by 19 at one point, but a second-half collapse ensured that there will at least be five games in the series. Doncic and co will now be hoping to turn up in Game 4, so they don’t have to extend the series any further.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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