Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Moves Way Ahead of LeBron James and Others in Phenomenal NBA Record

Published 01/26/2021, 12:40 AM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks lost their second game in a row tonight. They fell to the Denver Nuggets, who edged them out by four points. Despite the loss, Luka Doncic did what he does best, as he finished with another triple-double.

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It was the 16th 30-point triple-double of his career for the 21-year-old, who now has the most 30-point triple-doubles in NBA history by a player before his 22nd birthday. He had 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 16 assists, as he tried his best to lead the Mavs. Doncic has been struggling with efficiency all season, but tonight he shot a respectable 37% from three.

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With less than four minutes left on the clock, Doncic created some separation before pulling up and scoring an open midrange shot. That gave the Mavs a two-point lead and a chance at a win. But the Nuggets then went on a 12-4 run and took the game out of the hands for the Mavs.

What more does Luka Doncic need to do for a win?

While there is no doubt about Luka’s defensive shortcomings, on offense, he is doing everything he can to help the team win. Despite that, they keep falling short and now sit with a below .500 record. There were a few losses due to Luka being inefficient, but even if he steps up, the rest of the team fails to rally behind him.

Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks currently are 8-9 currently, which is the result of their inconsistent performances. Kristaps Porzingis recently returned to the team following his injury, but he hasn’t been able to get back into his groove. The Mavs need to be patient with him, but with a lot of injuries and the others struggling, he is being overburdened.

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Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shifts as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) defends during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Hardaway Jr has also been very inconsistent. He has had multiple 30 point games this season where he has been a flamethrower. But he also recorded an embarrassing 0-12 stat line against the Raptors. He is the third-best player on the team, so there needs to be more consistent performances from him.

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There is only so much Doncic can do. So it’s high time the Mavericks follow his lead and improve their performances as well.

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Aaron Mathew

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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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