Before this recent flamethrower stretch of games for Luka Doncic, he was already having stellar fifth season within the NBA despite the Dallas Mavericks’ record being average at best. Now, after his recent scoring outburst, not only has Doncic added to his already-impressive stats, but he’s spearheaded a Mavs win streak that has the team currently sitting within the fourth seed within the Western Conference.
Here’s a breakdown of Doncic’s last five performances:
- Dec. 23 at Houston Rockets – 50 points (17-30 overall, 6-12 from deep), eight rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in 42 minutes.
- Dec. 27 vs. Recent York Knicks – 60 points (21-31 overall, 2-6 from deep), 21 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in 47 minutes.
- Dec. 29 vs. Houston Rockets – 35 points (11-21 overall, 4-9 from deep), 12 rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes.
- Dec. 31 vs. San Antonio Spurs – 51 points (18-29 overall, 6-10 from deep), six rebounds, nine assists, 4 steals and one block in 37 minutes.
And crucial a part of those video-game numbers is that the Mavs won all of those games. Just two weeks after being as little as tenth within the Western Conference standings, Dallas’ season-high six-game win streak has it currently sitting at fourth within the West by a half-game. That would change on Sunday night if the Sacramento Kings defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, however the Mavs would still be fifth within the standings if that happens.
“[Luka’s carrying us], irrespective of if we want that or not. Everyone else has to do their part when he’s not in the sport. And that’s where we’ve to get well,” said coach Jason Kidd after the Mavs squeaked out a 126-125 over the Spurs on Saturday night.
“We’re somewhat bit on the injured side without delay, but we got to get somewhat bit more from our bench. But our bench is being covered by Luka. We will’t expect him to have 50 every night.”
When Doncic was putting up crazy numbers in the beginning of the season, many pushed back on the concept of him being a serious MVP candidate with the Mavs having a mediocre record. Now, if things keep trending the way in which they’re, Doncic could run away with the award before it’s said and done.
With all due respect to the seasons Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić are having, those two players have more of a supporting solid than Doncic does with the Mavs. That is to not say the Mavs do not have good pieces … it’s just saying they do not have enough good pieces, especially with key pieces like Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber all missing significant time.
“It keeps the streak going and we keep the joy at a high needless to say late in the sport. A pair mistakes we are able to clean up. Nevertheless it’s hard to win here,” said Kidd.
“Luka was incredible. He bails us out again.”
Everyone keeps saying Doncic cannot sustain this historic pace, and yet, he simply responds every time by pushing the ceiling higher. Coach Kidd says we will not expect Doncic to attain 50 points every night, but until the Mavs get healthy again … perhaps we should always.
Doncic, who got here into this season in the very best playing shape of his profession, hasn’t been phased by it yet, and he’s making an enormous MVP statement because the Mavs keep racking up wins.