Somehow, just three seasons in, Luka Doncic has already reached a point in his career where his World Cup achievements can be overlooked. We’ve seen him score 46 points in a game. We’ve seen him make game-winning floats behind the three-point line. We have seen him pass through holes that people should not be able to see. But with all the things Doncic has done in his young career, his performance against the Wizards was unlike anything the league has ever seen.
On Saturday night, Doncic scored 31 points, took 12 rebounds and distributed 20 assists in 39 minutes of play. Perhaps my favorite number throughout his line is the unique turnover he committed. He shot 1
Doncic joins Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to send 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 20+ assists in a game.
Doncic is also the first player since Chris Paul’s performance on December 10, 2016 to have at least 20 assists, but no more than one turnover in a game. Only five other players have done so since 1996: John Stockton (x3), Avery Johnson, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Chris Paul (x2). When I tweeted this, Mavs PR was kind enough to call in with the cherry on top:
Adding to this: Luka Dončić became the first player in @NBA history to record a game with at least 20 assists, but no more than one turnover, all while scoring 30+ points. https://t.co/AOCfAphjUo
– Mavs PR (@MavsPR) May 2, 2021
Oddly enough, tonight is the first game since August 8, 2020, where the Mavericks won when Doncic had at least 15 assists. They were 0-4 when he hit that mark this season on his way into tonight.
Oh and one more thing, Luka Doncic passed Michael Jordan to the 30-point triple-double.
To add to the crazy passing night, Doncic also had an incredibly effective shooting night. Doncic is now one of only three players since 1983 who has played where they score> 30 points, have at least 20 assists, grab> 10 rebounds, all while shooting over 50% from the field: Magic Johnson (11/28 / 1998) and Russell Westbrook (3/29/2021).
Doncic continues to rewrite the record books, and it’s only season three.
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