Mavs fall to Raptors, record night for Dončić
Luka Dončić continues to impress. 19-year old rookie sensation became first teenager in NBA history to score multiple triple-double. The Dallas Mavericks hosted the Toronto Raptors, but fell short 123-120. Sold out crowd at American Airlines Center did get their money’s worth with an incredible performance by Dončić. He scored a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. This was his second triple-double in the past four games. Dončić became the first Mavs player with multiple triple-doubles in the same season since Jason Kidd in 2010-11 season.
“For me, what matters is the victory,” Dončić said on his triple-double. “It was special for sure, but it would be even more if we got the win.”
Dončić also became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double that included 30 points. Dončić was 19 years and 333 days on Sunday, LeBron James was 20 years and 100 days old when he scored 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Milwaukee in April 2005. Dončić is the fourth rookie in the past 35 seasons to record a 35-point triple-double. The others were Stephen Curry, Jason Kidd and Michael Jordan.
Dončić is still waiting whether the coaches will select him as one of the reserves for the All-Star game. He is averaging 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
The Mavs start a three-game road trip on Wednesday against the New York Knicks.