The Dallas Mavericks defeated Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Thursday night, 129-125, to secure a significant victory. Luka Doncic, who once again proved crucial for the Mavs as they gave their opponents their fourth loss in five games to start the season, is mostly to blame for this.
Doncic scored a staggering 40 points for a triple-double to once again make NBA history. The Mavs star joins the likes of LeBron James and Michael Jordan as the 10th player in league history to record at least three of these triple-doubles:
22, Oscar Robertson
15, James Harden
12, Russell Westbrook
7, Wilt Chamberlain
6, LeBron James
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3, Larry Bird
3, Michael Jordan
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— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) October 28, 2022
Luka scored a game-high 43 points on 14 of 28 shooting, added 11 rebounds, and handed out 14 assists on Thursday. In an additional 41 minutes of play, Doncic tacked on two triples and three steals.
On the other side, the Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving also made significant plays. KD scored 37 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field while adding three rebounds and five assists. But Kyrie loaded the stat sheet with 39 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, four blocks, and five three-pointers. Unfortunately for the Nets, Luka was simply unstoppable in this exciting match.
The Mavs have now won two of their last four games, and they have a somewhat favorable schedule for the rest of the month. They play again on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the following night they take on the winless Orlando Magic.