Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the first NBA player since Michael Jordan in 1986 to average 40 points in 23 or fewer games over a 10-game stretch.
A three-time All-Star is the first player in league history to average 40 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in 10 games. He achieved this victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
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Luka Doncic is the first player since Michael Jordan in 1986 to average 40 points per 10 games at 23 or less.
Additionally, he is the 1st player in NBA history to average 40 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists over a 10-game span. pic.twitter.com/ZVbzoCAILB
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2023
In the Mavericks’ 119-115 double-overtime win over the Lakers, Luka Doncic posted his 56th career triple-double, scoring 35 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and one block in 53 minutes. He shot 14 of 28 (50%) from the floor and knocked down four 3s.
“I’m tired now,” Doncic said after the win. The fifth-year guard only rested for 9 seconds in the final 40 minutes. I think I was good in the game with energy. I have to rest now…
“I was a little surprised. [because] I honestly thought they were going to do something bad,” Doncic said of sinking clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and first overtime. “I tried to pick them up before they were gone.”
Mavericks guard Luca Doncchi has a relationship with Michael Jordan in 2015.
Dallas continues to shoot 48-of-96 (50%) from the field and 14-of-42 (33.3%) from downtown. The Mavericks’ biggest lead of the game was 19 points. They lost the turnover battle, but the Mavs were still more accurate from mid-range all night.
In 39 starts this season, Luka Doncic is averaging career highs of 34.3 points, 1.6 steals, and 37.5 minutes per game. In addition to averaging 9.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists, the Slovenian baller is shooting a career-best 50.1% from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc.
Luka Doncic hit his 56th career triple-double tonight, so he now trails Russell Westbrook for the NBA career record with 140 triple-doubles.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 13, 2023
For another deep stat, Luka Doncic is posting a career-best 61.3% true shooting percentage. His 38.4% usage percentage and 31.2 player efficiency rating are also career highs.
On December 27, in the Mavericks’ 126-121 win over the New York Knicks, the guard recorded a career-high 60 points and 21 boards in 48 minutes of action. Doncic shot 21-of-31 (67.7%) from the floor and knocked down two 3-pointers while posting 10 assists, two steals and one block.
He also became the first player in league history to finish with 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 steals as a three-time All-NBA member. Earlier this month, Luka Doncic became the first player to record 250 points, 50 boards and 50 assists in a five-game span.