- The Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards on Saturday night behind another triple-double from Luka Doncic.
- Doncic became the 4th player in NBA history to post a 30-10-20 triple double.
- With the win, the Mavericks moved to a tie with the L.A. Lakers for 5th place in the Western Conference team standings.
Luka Doncic continues to shatter the NBA’s record books.
The 22-year old Slovenian sensation has set too many NBA record to mention. But for all the Luka Magic we’ve seen in his three seasons in the league, Saturday night’s performance against the Washington Wizards was yet another wow moment, and a piece of NBA history as well.
Doncic scored 31 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and issued 20 assists in 39 minutes of magical basketball. He shot 12-23 from the floor, 1-6 from deep, and 6-11 from the foul line which were not impressive shooting numbers. But aside from stuffing the stats sheet, Doncic also committed just one turnover in the game, making his feat extra special.
The 4th 30-10-20 Triple Double in History
Luka Dončić has recorded the fourth game in @NBA history with 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 20+ assists.
He joins Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players to do so.
Dončić’s 20 assists are a new career-high. pic.twitter.com/QDkpGHEnhR
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) May 2, 2021
Doncic became the fourth player in the history of the NBA to post a triple double with at least 30 points and 20 assists, joining the elite company of Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Oscar Robertson. He is also the first player since Chris Paul in 2016 to issue at least 20 assists with only one turnover.
The triple double was also the 35th of Doncic’s career, putting him 11th in the all-time list. He has scored at least 30 points in 17 of those triple-doubles joining Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as the only players to reach that mark with only Robertson, Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden, and Wilt Chamberlain ahead in the record books.
He scored or assisted in 82 out of Dallas’ 109 points in the 39 minutes he played. The 51 points generated from his 20 assists were the most in Doncic’s career, as was his assist total. He accounted for 25 points in the 4th quarter, scoring eight and dishing off eight assists in the final stanza. Doncic made the game-tying basket and then dished off the game winning assists all in the final 35 seconds of play.
Mavs Playoff Chase
The NBA standing’s entering Sunday’s action.
Teams ranked 7-10 will participate in the #StateFarmPlayIn Tournament after the regular season (May 18-21) to secure the final two spots in the #NBAPlayoffs for each conference. pic.twitter.com/JHlE5QlL2j
— NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2021
With Saturday’s win over the Wizards, the Dallas Mavericks forced a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for 5th place in the Western Conference team standings. It also put them one game ahead of the 7th seeded Portland Trail Blazers as these three teams battle for the final two outright playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Teams seeded 5th and 6th will earn an outright spot in the 2021 NBA Playoffs while the team that finishes in 7th place will join teams ranked 8th to 10th in a play-in tournament just to get to the playoffs. With nine regular season games left to play, the Dallas Mavericks are not yet out of the woods but look to be in a good position with seven wins in their last 10 games and three straight wins overall.
The Mavericks played without second-leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis for the 23rd time this season. Porzingis is dealing with the same knee issue that kept him from playing the first nine games of the season. Losing a 20-point scorer and a walking double-double is tough for any team. Luckily for Dallas, they have Luka who is always a triple-double waiting to happen. Hopefully, he helps them hold the fort while the Latvian Unicorn is on the mend.