Without Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray(health and safety protocols), the Dallas Mavericks had no issues with the Denver Nuggets(9-6) Friday night. Dallas(9-6) led by as much as 31 points and routed the Nuggets 127-99 at American Airlines Center.
Luka Doncic made history as he recorded his 50th triple-double with 33 points (11-22 FG), 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. He becomes the 10th player in NBA history to record 50 triple-doubles. Doncic is the second-fastest player to reach 50 triple-doubles, both in terms of age (23y-42d, Oscar Robertson; 23y-263d, Dončić) and in terms of games played (111, Robertson; 278, Dončić).
Half of Doncic’s 50 career triple-doubles have come with 30-plus points, making him the fifth player in the history of the NBA with 25-or-more 30-point triple-doubles.
“It’s pretty impressive,” Mavs head coach Jason Kidd said about Doncic. “He’s already re-writing the record book. That’s pretty cool – to do it, to be the second [fastest in history]. Oscar [Robertson] was pretty special, so now to be right there with Oscar, to be the second-fastest to 50, just shows you how good he is.”
JaVale McGee added: “For me personally, just watching his demeanor and how easy he makes it look, it’s really impressive for sure.”
Doncic has four 30-point triple-doubles this season, while the rest of the NBA has combined for only one such game (Pascal Siakam), and according to him, this feels amazing.
“It’s great,” he said. “It feels amazing. … It’s a pleasure. I’m just really glad that I’m here and doing this.”
=Christian Wood finished Friday’s game with a season-high 28 points on 11-16 shooting to go with 8 rebounds off the bench. Since returning from a knee injury on 11/12, Wood is averaging 22.0 points (57.9% FG) and 7.0 rebounds per game across four contests.
-Dallas concludes their five-game homestand on Sunday against these same Nuggets.