Luka Doncic is a terror
The Warriors are a disaster. They only have eight healthy players, none of whom (aside from Willie Cauley-Stein) have any business being a starter on an NBA team. But what Luka Doncic did last night, even against a depleted Golden State team, is insanely impressive.
Doncic put up 35 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in just 25 minutes and 30 seconds of play during a 142–94 Mavericks win over the Warriors.
It was a performance full of fun facts.
- He had the highest single game plus/minus (+45) in Mavericks history.
- He’s the fifth player in NBA history to average a 30-point triple-double over any 10-game stretch.
- He’s the fourth player since 1983 with back-to-back 35-point triple-doubles and the youngest to do it since Oscar Robertson in 1960.
- He needed the least amount of playing time to record a 30-point triple-double in NBA history.
- He’s only the second player in the last 15 seasons (Karl-Anthony Towns being the other) to have 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in a single quarter.
- He’s the first player since Allen Iverson in 2003 to have more points, assists and rebounds in a quarter than the entire opposing team.
That’s right. In the first quarter, Doncic had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. The whole Warriors roster had 16, four and four. That’s way more impressive than the 10 points Iverson had to out-score the Bulls (eight points) in that 2003 game.
Doncic is on a tear right now, and you have to start wondering if he’s going to average a triple-double for the whole season.
“Look, he’s a very special player on a special roll,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the game. “There’s not much else to say. This isn’t a big news flash now. This is getting to be pretty normal.”
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