Luka Doncic makes NBA historical past with historic triple-double in Dallas Mavericks’ win over the New York Knicks



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Luka Dončić put up a historic triple-double within the Dallas Mavericks’ thrilling 126-121 time beyond regulation win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old recorded a career-high 60 factors and a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with 10 assists, serving to the Mavericks come from 9 factors down with simply 33 seconds of regulation time remaining.

It’s the first time in NBA historical past {that a} participant has reached that stat line.

“I’m tired as hell,” Dončić mentioned after the sport. “I need a recovery beer.”

Previously 20 seasons, all 13,884 NBA groups which have trailed by not less than 9 factors with 35 seconds or fewer remaining have gone on to lose the sport, in line with ESPN.

Nonetheless, in a dramatic ultimate play, Dončić deliberately missed a free throw after which secured the rebound, earlier than scoring the putback to tie the sport and drive time beyond regulation.

The Slovenian star scored 10 factors within the ultimate minute of regulation time and added seven extra in time beyond regulation to tug off essentially the most inconceivable of wins.

Dončić additionally joins James Harden as the one different participant in NBA historical past to attain a 60-point triple-double, and in addition turns into simply the sixth participant to document six or extra 40-point triple-doubles after Oscar Robertson, Harden, Russell Westbrook, Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James.

“We just saw it on the screen right now,” Dončić mentioned of his scoring feat. “We were watching NBA TV. I mean, it’s just incredible to be in those comparisons and just to be with those guys, at any stage. It’s amazing for me.”

Dončić’s 60 factors additionally set a brand new franchise scoring document for Dallas, overtaking the 53 factors scored by Dirk Nowitzki in opposition to Houston in 2004.

“Just with age, he has a birthday coming up here in the new year, I think he’s seen it all at the age of 23,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd mentioned of Dončić changing into a pacesetter. “However simply his competitiveness to win is at a really excessive degree – and also you noticed that displayed tonight.

“Issues weren’t going effectively. Give the Knicks credit score, they have been making quite a lot of threes that we didn’t assume have been doable. They have been enjoying more durable. We have been down 10. We’ve been on this place earlier within the season, if you speak about giving up a lead or giving up a sport like this.

“Just to be able to stay together and trust, Luka had a big part in that. He never was discouraged that the game was over. As you can see, he’s picking up full-court, we had a big jump ball. There’s a lot of things we’ve learned from our losses in close games like this.”

The Mavericks enhance to 19-16 on the season and climb to sixth within the Western Convention, whereas the Knicks have now misplaced 4 straight to take a seat sixth within the East.