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Luka Doncic Has 60 Points, 21 Rebounds and 10 Assists


No player because the Nineteen Sixties had tallied 50 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in an N.B.A. game. On Tuesday night, Luka Doncic reached that total and kept right on going to 60 points.

Doncic’s 60-21-10 line within the Mavericks’ 126-121 extra time victory against the Knicks in Dallas was the primary in N.B.A. history. The opposite highest point totals with 20 rebounds and 10 assists all got here greater than 50 years ago: Wilt Chamberlain’s 53-32-14 in 1968, Elgin Baylor’s 52-25-10 in 1961 and Chamberlain’s 51-29-11 in 1963.

Within the twenty first century, only DeMarcus Cousins (44-23-10) in 2018 and Nikola Jokic (40-27-10) this month had as many as 40 points together with 20 rebounds and 10 assists.

Cut the rebound requirement to 10 from 20 and Doncic’s game remains to be tied for the highest scoring ever, alongside James Harden’s 60-10-11 game in 2018.

Doncic shot 21-for-31 on Tuesday night. It was the primary 60-point game in Mavericks history, surpassing a 53-point game by Dirk Nowitzki in 2004. Basketball Reference gave the performance a “game rating” of 56.3, the very best within the league since Harden’s game and the fifth better of the 3-point era.

Lots of Doncic’s buckets got here in classic Luka style: The 6-foot-7 player repeatedly handled the ball near the 3-point arc, then drove in for a layup or an assist. His teammates made 23 baskets in total, and Doncic assisted on 10 of them.

The Knicks led the sport by 9 points with 42 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter, but Doncic helped lead a Mavericks comeback that forced extra time. With one second to go and the Mavericks trailing by 2, he intentionally missed a free throw, got the rebound after several players from each teams touched the ball and made the shot as time expired.

He punctuated the move with a spontaneous goofy dance that involved him bouncing his arms up and down herky-jerky.

Doncic scored 27 of his points off pick-and-roll plays. “I like the pick-and-roll,” he said. “I feel everybody knows that. So just keep rolling the pick-and-roll.”

Three of the 4 50-20-10 games in N.B.A. history went to extra time, but Doncic didn’t profit enormously from the time beyond regulation: He played a complete of 47 minutes, lower than Chamberlain and Baylor did of their games.

It was the primary 60-point game of the N.B.A. season, surpassing Joel Embiid’s 59 for the Philadelphia 76ers in November. Doncic exceeded his previous profession high, 50, which he had set Friday against the Houston Rockets. His 21 rebounds were also a profession high.

The Mavericks, who lost within the conference finals to Golden State last season, have won 4 in a row and climbed to sixth place within the West.

At 23 and in only his fifth N.B.A. season, Doncic figures to enhance. Partway through the season, his field-goal percentage is over .500 for the primary time in his profession, despite his shooting greater than ever before, and his 33.6-point per-game average can also be a profession high.

But it’ll be tough to conjure a performance that might top Tuesday night’s.

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