Dončić scores triple double as Dallas wins against Charlotte
Luka Dončić scored 19 points in his third triple double this season as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 99:93. Teenager from Slovenia had a rough shooting night – he shot 5 of 20 from the field and 2 of 10 from 3-point range, but still managed to score 19 points, including six in a 58-seond span that helped the Mavs to secure the victory. Dončić added 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
This is Dončić’s third triple double in the last seven games. He is now the first Dallas’ player with three triple doubles in a season since Jason Kidd ten years ago. Mavs’ star point guard joined seven other rookies since 1983-84 with at least three triple doubles: Ben Simmons (12), Jason Kidd (4) and David Robinson, Lamar Odom, Michael Jordan, Kevin Johnson and Tim Hardaway Sr. (3 each). “It’s great” Dončić said. “We got the win, so that’s all that matters.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver visited Dallas and was watching the game against the Hornets. Silver is a big fan of Luka Dončić. What impressed him the most about the 19-year old rookie is his enthusiasm for the game. “We’re very fortunate in that Luka is a great example,” said Silver. “We’re seeing that in this next generation, the love of the game.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his Dallas debut, while Harrison Barnes sat out the final quarter and was traded to the Sacramento Kings. The Mavs acquired Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.
The Mavs will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.