The Dallas Mavericks unveiled a statue of former star Dirk Nowitzki on Christmas Day. After Luka Doncic’s historic triple-double against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, the team might need to commission another monument.
Doncic delivered an astonishing 60-point triple-double as he led the Mavericks to a 126-121 overtime victory over the Knicks. The Slovenian superstar finished with 21 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the first player in NBA history with a triple-double featuring at least 60 points and 20 rebounds. 바카라
“It’ll be another statue in Dallas … Luka is like that,” former NBA MVP Kevin Garnett quipped.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban certainly wasn’t going to dampen the enthusiasm after watching the 23-year-old’s jaw-dropping display of dominance.
“We are watching greatness … I’ve never seen anything like that ever,” he wrote on Twitter.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd, who ended his playing career fourth on the NBA’s all-time list in triple-doubles, said the fans were privileged to see such talent on court.
“We sit here every night and we’re lucky,” Kidd said. “We can’t take him for granted. Again, people get their money’s worth when they come watch him play. He puts on a show.”
Doncic played for Real Madrid in Spain before he was taken by the Atlanta Hawks with the third pick of the 2018 draft and was immediately traded to the Mavericks in a draft-day deal.
The Slovenian was mentored by Nowitzki when he arrived in Texas, with the pair playing together in the German’s final season in 2018-19. Doncic broke Nowitzki’s franchise record of 53 points on Tuesday.
Nowitzki was a 14-time All-Star, the first European player to start in an All-Star game, the first European NBA MVP and is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history.
“When you think of Dallas, you think of Dirk,” Doncic said after the statue ceremony.
Having played a record 21 years for the Mavericks, some of Nowitzki’s records will surely remain untouched.
But Doncic, who already has more 50 point regular season games than the German, is certainly on the way to earning his own place in Mavericks history.
“He’s special,” Kidd said after Tuesday’s game. “The history of the game is written by the players and it was written again tonight. For a player, Luka, doing something that’s never been done before. It’s hard to do.”
So hard, in fact, Doncic was just the second player in NBA history to score 60 points in a triple-double, following James Harden, who scored 60 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Houston Rockets in 2018.
The performance was even more spectacular than the pure numbers.
The Knicks were up by nine with 33.9 seconds remaining in regulation, but Doncic inspired Dallas to dramatically take the game into overtime.
Doncic made the game tying shot himself after deliberately missing a free throw and as both sides scrambled for the rebound he muscled for the ball and found the basket.
Doncic then scored seven more in overtime as Dallas emerged victorious from what was arguably the game of the regular season so far.
Kidd said the determination that Doncic showed to find a way to win was typical of his approach.
“He’s all about winning. He believes he can win every night. As a teammate and a coach, that’s who you want in that locker room.”