Luka Doncic Surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Derrick Rose to Set New Scoring Record in NBA Playoffs History

Published 08/18/2020, 12:54 AM EDT


The name of Dallas Mavericks’ point guard Luka Doncic is taken alongside the greatest 21-year-olds to have ever played in the NBA. His heroics in the Bubble speak for the bright future that lays ahead of him.

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In Monday’s post-season game against the LA Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks lost their way in the third quarter and slipped away the victory. In the 110-118 loss, Luka Doncic contributed a crazy 42 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Now, these figures have got his name into the books of NBA history.

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Dallas Mavericks lost, Luka Doncic won

Any personal recognition takes the back seat when one’s team loses. So it must not be a very happening day for Luka, but we will still give him the well-deserved mention for adding yet another feather to his golden NBA hat. The man has now become the first-ever debutant to score 42 points in the history of the NBA.

He gave an all-round performance and performed at his hundred percent. Luka surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Derrick Rose’s record, who were tied at 36 points. He has also joined the likes of Magic Johnson, LeBron James, and Tracy McGrady as the only NBA players to score 40 points in the post-season games at age 21 or younger.

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The records just keep pouring for the Wonderboy

Mark Cuban must be the happiest man on the planet today to see his man achieving such great things. Luka also is the frontrunner on the list of the most improved players in the running season. Where last season he had posted an average of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6 assists, this season he has got 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists. This is some epic performance coming from such a young talent.

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Unfortunately for them, a great-looking Kristaps Porzingis got ejected from the game after a second technical foul. He could clock just 20 minutes in the game and could add 14 points. Had he been there for 12-15 more minutes, the result could have been different. The two teams will next play in the NBA Playoffs 2020 on Wednesday in game 2 of round 1. All the eyes will be on Luka Doncic to see how he can win a game for his team.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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