The greatness of Luka Doncic was on full display Friday night in Dallas.
Doncic had a triple-double with 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists – all of which were game-highs as the Mavericks defeated the 76ers 107-98 at American Airlines Center.
The All-Star has now joined Oscar Robertson as the only two players in NBA history, with eight-or-more games recording 30-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, and 15-plus assists.
Over his last ten games, Doncic is averaging 30.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 10.2 assists, including four games with triple-doubles.
Reggie Bullock, who had 20 points Friday night, was impressed by the performance and says Doncic is elite.
“The dude is elite,” Bullock said. “He’s an elite player, pass and score and gets everyone else the ball, the quickest player down. He’s still young, so having a player like that’s so under control at a young age, the future is definitely bright for him and led us to a win tonight.”
Doncic picked Philadelphia apart and found open players all over the court. According to Seth Curry, the 76ers had a hard time stopping Luka.
“Luka [Doncic] was a big struggle for us,” Curry said. “He was doing everything, picking us apart on the defensive end, scoring, getting his teammates involved [and] getting to the paint. When he missed, guys would come over and contest. Guys would be crashing and getting the offensive rebound. He was just doing what he wanted out there. It was just tough sledding for us. They got a good rhythm, and we couldn’t slow them down like they did us in that second quarter.”
Earlier in the season, Doncic felt he was not in the greatest shape, but we saw the explosive side of Doncic as he had two big dunks against Philadelphia.
Yeah, I had two. But, obviously, I feel better,” he said. “That’s something I’m really proud of. I’ve just got to get better. I feel more explosive and better.”
Dallas continues their six-game homestand Sunday night against the Hawks.
The game was delayed 44 minutes in the first quarter due to a crooked rim that Doncic discovered.
“I shot it, and I realized it was like this,” Doncic said about the rim. “I want to say sorry to the people that stayed so late. It was late and a long, long game.”
Dwight Powell had 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and three steals against Philadelphia. The Mavs improved to 14-3 this season when he scores in double figures, including a perfect 6-0 when he scores 14+ points. Powell is shooting 70.7% (82-116 FG) FG over his last 24 games.
Jalen Brunson finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists for Dallas, while Dorian Finney-Smith recorded 13 points, two rebounds, and three steals.
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 27 points and 13 rebounds tonight. This was his 28th game with 25-plus points this season, tying him with DeMar DeRozan and LeBron James for fourth place across the NBA.
Watch below as Bullock talks Doncic and win over 76ers: