Imagine being only 20 and beating one milestone after another in the NBA. Welcome to Luka Doncic’s life. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram puts it, he’s definitely “livin’ la vida Luka.’
Is he ever? What a life it must be to be that young and setting one milestone only to beat it (or another one) just a short time later.
Yes, it’s worth repeating. He’s only 20.
What’s Doncic’s latest feat? He recorded his seventh triple-double on the road and eighth of the season. That moves him ahead of Magic Johnson and LeBron James (yeah, not too shabby) for the most in the NBA before the age of 22.
He’s also has a lot of time to create some cushion for his latest milestone. Remember, he’s only 20. (No really, that really is worth repeating.) He doesn’t turn 21 until the end of February. So, he has a long way to go to bump up his record. Good luck to the next guy who tries to beat his milestones.
Before we go on, you’re forgiven if you’re just a basketball fan and not a totally obsessed, like compulsively obsessed with the sport, and are wondering what’s a triple-double. Well, like its name suggests, it’s when a player gets a double-digit total in three of five statistical categories. The categories are assists, blocks, points, rebounds, and steals.
Now, that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to Doncic and the Mavericks win over the Detroit Pistons in Mexico City. If you’re wondering, the score was 122-111, which may truly be the least impressive statistic of the night.
Doncic has also had the third-longest stretch of games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. It’s now at 20. Oscar Robertson is the only other player with a longer streak – with 29 and 25 games during his career. (Luka, c’mon buddy, we think you can beat those, too.)
It should be noted that Doncic is getting some help from the basketball gods, too, at least when it comes to setting new milestones. His Dallas Mavericks were in Mexico City, which gave him an opportunity to break a few new records.
To start with (and there are a lot of places we could start), the 41 points he scored were the most ever in a game in Mexico. His triple-double is also the first triple-double in the country. And he became the first player in NBA history to have two 40-point triple-doubles before 21.
Doncic finished the night with 11 assists and 12 rebounds. He also scored 18 points in the second quarter and helped the Mavericks overcome a seven-point deficit late in the first half. At one point they turned things around to where they had a 24-point lead.
The Mavericks victory helped them stay on pace for their best 24-game start since the 2014-15 season. And don’t think people don’t know why the Mavericks are doing so well. Detroit coach Dwane Casey put it succinctly.
“He picked us apart,” he said after the game.