Somehow, in just three seasons, Luka Doncic has already reached a point in his career when his extraterrestrial performances can be ignored. We’ve seen him score 46 points. We’ve seen him win the floater game behind the three-point line. We’ve seen it turn into gaps that people shouldn’t 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, grabbed 12 rebounds and distributed 20 assists in 39 minutes of play. Perhaps my favorite number in his entire line is the exceptional turnaround he made. He shoots 1
Doncic joins Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to post 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 20+ assists per 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 turnaround. 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 fuck with the cherry on top:
Add to that: Luka Doncic became the first player in @NBA history to record a game with at least 20 assists, but no more than one turnaround, while gaining 30+ points. https://t.co/AOCfAphjUo
– Mavs PR (@MavsPR) May 2, 2021
Oddly enough, tonight is the first game since August 8, 2020, when Mavericks won when Doncic had at least 15 assists. They were 0-4 when he hit that mark this season and headed for tonight.
Oh, and one more thing, Luka Doncic passed Michael Jordan for a triple pair of 30 points.
In addition to the crazy past night, Doncic also had an incredibly effective shooting night. Doncic is now one of only three players since 1983 to score> 30 points, have at least 20 assists, grab> 10 rebounds, all while shooting over 50% of the field: Magic Johnson (November 28, 1998)) and Russell Westbrook (March 29, 2021).
Doncic continues to rewrite the books with records and this is only the third season.
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