At this point, Luka Doni’s brilliance shouldn’t come as a surprise, but every so often, he pulls off a remarkable performance that tops his past accomplishments.
In addition to a career-high 21 rebounds and 10 assists, Doncic set a Dallas Mavericks franchise record on Tuesday night, helping his side defeat the New York Knicks 126-121 in overtime at American Airlines Center. It’s also the first triple-double in NBA history with 60 points and 20 rebounds.
Despite playing a Knicks club missing point guard Jalen Brunson due to a hip injury and losing RJ Barrett to a finger laceration in the first few seconds, the Mavs needed every bit of Doncic’s magic. With 33.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Dallas trailed by nine points, but a 12-3 run to end the game forced OT. On a miraculous tip-in following a missed free shot, Doncic tied the score.
In his last four games, all of which were victories for Dallas, Doncic has now scored at least 50 points twice. After reaching the Western Conference Finals the previous season, the Mavericks are hoping for another lengthy playoff run and will continue to rely on their top player to take them as far as possible. On Thursday, Dallas (19-16) will face the Houston Rockets (10-24) and attempt to win their fifth straight game.