Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks had an excellent performance going 41 pts, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists — the 51st triple-double of his career — to beat the Golden State Warriors last Tuesday, November 29.
Doncic is the only NBA player who, at age 21, has over 20 triple-doubles.
The Dallas’ Slovenian star managed to upset the defending champions, Warriors, having a 12-point lead against Stephen Curry, 36-24 at the end of the first quarter. But before halftime approached, Doncic’s team was only ahead by just one.
Going into the third quarter, Luka had 13 pts, but it was not enough to break free from the Warrior offense. The lead changed six times before ending the four-game drought of the Mavericks.
Into the Q4 of the match, Curry, who had 32 points that game, gave his team the lead with 2:09 left. The 34-year-old superstar swished a three-pointer in front of Maxi Kleber’s face, making the score 110-108.
Doncic’s triple-double included an assist to Tim Hardaway Jr. and a block. John Green’s layup sealed the game, 116-113.
Hardaway was outstanding that game, going 22 points with 5 made threes. Unfortunately, he elbowed Jordan Poole, committing a flagrant foul in the process, and got ejected early in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, over at the Warriors, their stars underperformed in this match. Klay Thompson only had 5 points in 31 minutes of playing time, while Andrew Wiggins only had 10 in 27 minutes.
Furthermore, Poole, who is starting to look like Curry, only put in 9 pts and nine assists that game. Draymond Green was also not himself, having only four assists and six rebounds to go with his 12 points.
In the meantime, the Warriors (11-11) and the Mavericks (10-10) will see each other twice before the All-Star Weekend.
Is Luka Doncic on his way to becoming an NBA champ?
Luka Doncic has already made a name for himself going into his fifth NBA season. He had eight triple-double in his rookie year and averaged 21 points per game.
Then in year 2, Luka Magic upped his game, averaging 28 points. He also had 17 triple-double during the 2019-2020 season.
Doncic is a triple-double machine, recording 21 for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. In this current season and its early stage, he already has 5.
He also made an appearance in the playoffs in 2021 and went toe-to-toe with Curry and the Warriors. However, they lost the Western Conference finals, 4-1.
Although the Dallas superstar could not make history, he is on the right path. By the looks of his performance this season, averaging 33.5 pts per game, it is clear that the future prediction at OKBET is: Doncic and his team will be among the playoff contenders.
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