With the NBA season in full swing, Luka Doncic has taken his game to the next level. He's already averaging eight and seven assists per game and he's only been playing for about two and a half months. If he can continue to improve like this, Doncic could become the first rookie to average over ten assists for the season.
The Dallas Mavericks fought back from a nine-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks 126-121 in overtime Tuesday night, and their star rookie Luka Doncic scored a franchise-record 60 points in the process. In doing so, he became the first player in the NBA to reach the 60-point, 20-rebound mark in a triple-double, and he also broke the record for most 50-point performances by a Maverick in a single game.
After taking a 9-8 lead in the first quarter, the Mavs held on to it in overtime, and the game ended in the most dramatic way possible. With less than four minutes to play in the extra session, the Knicks missed eight of their 10 shots.
The Knicks led 115-112 with 4.2 seconds left, but the Mavs rallied with seven points from Luka Doncic. Doncic's jumper tied the game with one second remaining. Just when it looked like the Mavs would lose, Doncic hoisted a shot from 11 feet just before the buzzer, securing a tie.
One of the most impressive things about Luka Doncic is the number of points he has scored in his first 20 games. This is the second player under the age of 21 to achieve that feat.
He also ranks in the top five in the NBA for the most assists and triple-doubles. His 10 assist game against the New York Knicks is a record. In addition, his 60 point performance against the Knicks is the first player in Dallas history to reach 60 points in a game.
The only other player to achieve that feat is Michael Jordan. Interestingly enough, it took Jordan 17 years to get there. Now, Doncic is the youngest player in the league to earn such a prestigious honor.
Along with his impressive stats, Doncic is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. He has been named to the All-Rookie First Team, the Best Young Player in the ACB, and the EuroLeague Rising Star.
Luka Doncic has accomplished some impressive feats in his four years in the NBA. He has already joined the likes of LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki as one of the youngest players to score a triple-double. But he has been particularly impressive in the last two weeks. In that time, he has scored 50 points twice.
The Mavericks defeated the Knicks on Tuesday night in overtime, 126-121. It was the team's first win after trailing by at least nine points in the final 35 seconds.
Luka Doncic had a remarkable performance in the first quarter. He had a 25-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. His performance marked the first time a player under the age of 21 has recorded a triple-double in his first two games of the season.
In the first quarter, he got the ball on the wing and dribbled up the court. His pass to Maxi Kleber went through the legs of Vlatko Cancar. A 26-footer by Cancar missed, but Doncic pulled down the rebound and put the ball in the basket.
Luka Doncic is one of the top young players in the NBA. He was the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. And he's made the most of his opportunity, leading the Mavericks to the top of the Western Conference.
The Dallas Mavericks are currently 14-14 on the season. They've lost six of their last eight games, but they have a chance to get better with new big man additions. Meanwhile, Luka continues to produce numbers that no player in the league can match.
Doncic has averaged 8.7 assists and 33.6 points per game this season. He leads the Mavericks in both categories. But that's just the start. There's more to this dynamic young player.
In the first quarter of this season, Doncic is averaging four more points than any other player in the NBA. He also has the highest effective field goal percentage. His percentage is 53.2 percent. While he's shooting a low percentage from three-point range, he's still making 254 out of 437 shots.
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