He wasn’t too amazed by his 31-point, 12-rebound, 20-assist triple-double regardless of becoming a member of an unique membership with that line. The one different gamers in NBA historical past to file 30-point, 20-assist triple-doubles: Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Russell Westbrook.
“I believe I am extra impressed by solely having one turnover,” Doncic stated. “That by no means occurs, so I believe I am extra impressed by that.”
Dallas wanted each little bit of Doncic’s dominance to tug out the victory, which pulled the 36-27 Mavericks even with the Los Angeles Lakers for fifth place within the Western Convention standings, with Dallas proudly owning the tiebreaker between the groups.
Westbrook had one other sensational efficiency for the Wizards, who had received 12 of their earlier 14 video games. He completed with 42 factors, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, keen Washington again from an early 18-point deficit.
The Wizards led by eight factors coming into the fourth quarter, after which Doncic seized management. He accounted for 25 factors within the fourth quarter, scoring eight and allotting seven assists whereas taking part in all 12 minutes, and had a game-tying bounce shot and game-winning help within the closing 35 seconds.
“I believed Luka’s poise down the stretch was spectacular,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stated. “He simply was very, very targeted and made each single proper play.”
Doncic scored or assisted on 82 of the Mavs’ 109 factors in the course of the 39 minutes that he performed. The 51 factors that had been generated off of his assists had been probably the most in Doncic’s profession, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
Eleven of Doncic’s 20 dimes resulted in Dallas 3-pointers. That included making the Wizards pay for double-teaming him on the Mavs’ closing possession, when he discovered ahead Dorian Finney-Smith open for the go-ahead nook 3 with 9.3 seconds remaining.
“They had been strong-side serving to, so I noticed DoeDoe open and had little doubt,” Doncic stated. “That was a hell of a shot and really clutch.”
Finney-Smith dedicated a turnover a few possessions earlier, stepping out of bounds after Doncic handed to him within the different nook. He made good on his vow to make up for that mistake.
“I knew the ball was most definitely going to seek out me,” stated Finney-Smith, who scored 22 factors of 8-of-12 capturing with Doncic helping on half of his buckets. “I simply needed to be able to shoot, as a result of I did not shoot that ball once I stepped out of bounds. I advised him, ‘In the event you discover me once more, I will let it go.’ He discovered me.”
This was the thirty fifth triple-double of Doncic’s three-year profession, already rating eleventh in NBA historical past. He has scored not less than 30 factors in 17 of these triple-doubles, pulling even with Larry Chicken and Magic Johnson on that record, behind solely Robertson, Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain.
“Look, everybody expects greatness from him each single evening” Carlisle stated. “Simply give it some thought, at 22 years outdated, having that sort of expectation placed on you each evening. However he is an incredible participant. He does an incredible job of absorbing all of it.”