Luke Doncic delivered a magnificent performance on Tuesday in the NBA regular season with the Dallas Mavericks. During the Texans’ home win against the New York Knicks (126-121 ap), the Slovenian actually scored 60 points (21/31 shooting, including 2/6 on three-pointers) and grabbed 21 rebounds, or two personal bests in his North American career. He also had a triple-double with 10 assists ahead of the first player 60-20-10 in one game. And on top of that, Dallas won after an incredible scenario in which Doncic of course played the main roles.
Doncic scores 10 points in the last minute
In Texas, the Knicks led in scoring for nearly the 48 regulation minutes. In the third quarter, they reached their maximum lead by 12 units more than their opponent (92-80, 35th). And 30 seconds from the end, New York still had a nine-point lead (112-103). In this situation, a team had never lost in 13,885 occurrences over the past 25 years. That was without counting Luka Doncic, who had already been royal when he had 43 points on the edge of the last minute. But the Slovenian player scored ten more in 60 seconds.
And it was he who allowed himself to steal the extra time, one second from the end, by deliberately missing a free throw, then regaining the ball and succeeding in the shot that offered five extra minutes of play. In overtime, the “Mavs” star remained very active, scoring seven of his team’s eleven points, giving the Texans the opportunity to win at home after trailing for a long time.
Dinwiddie and Wood also appear
The Mavs have thus achieved a fourth win in a row and are in sixth place in the Western Conference. In addition to a stratospheric Doncic, they could also count on Spencer Dinwiddie (25 points) and Christian Wood (19 points). Frank Ntilikina played just seven minutes and left a completely blank stat sheet.
On New York’s side, Quentin Grimes (33 pts, career record) and Julius Randle (29 pts) shone, but in vain. As since November 13th, Evan Fournier did not play. The Knicks lost for the fourth straight time and are in sixth place in the Western Conference. They play again Thursday, still in Texas, but this time at the San Antonio Spurs. At the same time, the Dallas Mavericks will host their neighbors the Houston Rockets.