Luka Dončić put up a historic triple-double within the Dallas Mavericks’ thrilling 126-121 additional time win over the Recent York Knicks on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old recorded a career-high 60 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with 10 assists, helping the Mavericks come from nine points down with just 33 seconds of regulation time remaining.
It’s the primary time in NBA history that a player has reached that stat line.
“I’m drained as hell,” Dončić said after the sport. “I want a recovery beer.”
Up to now 20 seasons, all 13,884 NBA teams which have trailed by at the very least nine points with 35 seconds or fewer remaining have gone on to lose the sport, in keeping with ESPN.
Nonetheless, in a dramatic final play, Dončić intentionally missed a free throw after which secured the rebound, before scoring the putback to tie the sport and force additional time.
The Slovenian star scored 10 points in the ultimate minute of regulation time and added seven more in additional time to drag off essentially the most improbable of wins.
Dončić also joins James Harden because the only other player in NBA history to attain a 60-point triple-double, and likewise becomes just the sixth player to record six or more 40-point triple-doubles after Oscar Robertson, Harden, Russell Westbrook, Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James.
“We just saw it on the screen without delay,” Dončić said of his scoring feat. “We were watching NBA TV. I mean, it’s just incredible to be in those comparisons and simply to be with those guys, at any stage. It’s amazing for me.”
Dončić’s 60 points also set a recent franchise scoring record for Dallas, overtaking the 53 points scored by Dirk Nowitzki against Houston in 2004.
“Just with age, he has a birthday coming up here in the brand new yr, I feel he’s seen all of it on the age of 23,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said of Dončić becoming a frontrunner. “But just his competitiveness to win is at a really high level – and also you saw that displayed tonight.
“Things weren’t going well. Give the Knicks credit, they were making numerous threes that we didn’t think were possible. They were playing harder. We were down 10. We’ve been on this position earlier within the season, once you discuss giving up a lead or giving up a game like this.
“Simply to give you the chance to remain together and trust, Luka had an enormous part in that. He never was discouraged that the sport was over. As you possibly can see, he’s picking up full-court, we had an enormous jump ball. There’s numerous things we’ve learned from our losses in close games like this.”
The Mavericks improve to 19-16 on the season and climb to sixth within the Western Conference, while the Knicks have now lost 4 straight to take a seat sixth within the East.