Mavericks star Luka Doncic rewrites the record books with historic 60-point triple-double

Mavericks star Luka Doncic rewrites the record books with historic 60-point triple-double

Updated: 1 month, 3 days, 22 hours, 41 minutes, 17 seconds ago

Luka Doncic etched his name in history with a monstrous performance against the New York Knicks, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 126-121 win in overtime.

Doncic was simply unguardable Tuesday night, pouring in a career-high 60 points, adding a career-high 21 rebounds and 10 assists as the Mavericks pulled off the miracle comeback after trailing by nine points with three minutes remaining.

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Doncic sent the game into overtime as he deliberately missed the free throw, coming up with the rebound and somehow getting the game-tying shot to go. 

Another look at Luka's UNBELIEVABLE tying bucket in Dallas 🤯

He has 56 PTS, 21 REB, and 10 AST in OT

WATCH: https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs pic.twitter.com/LLAJdtCRCc — NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2022

With his career-best performance, not only did Doncic rewrite the Mavericks record books, but achieved an NBA first.

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Let's dive into the numbers behind Doncic's absurd night. 

By The Numbers

An NBA first

The list of players to record a 60-point triple-double with 20+ rebounds is as follows. 

1. Luka Doncic. 

End of list. 

Luka Doncic is the only player in NBA history to ever record 60+ PTS, 20+ REB, and 10+ AST in a game. pic.twitter.com/0Io2BVx9Rq — NBA History (@NBAHistory) December 28, 2022

He becomes just the seventh player in NBA history to record a 50-point triple-double and at 23 years, 302 days is also the youngest to do so, eclipsing the previous mark held by Wilt Chamberlain.

Doncic is also the third player ever to do so with 20+ rebounds, joining Wilt Chamberlain (1963 & 1968) and Elgin Baylor (1961).

Luka is the 3rd player in NBA history with 50 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (1963 & 1968) and Elgin Baylor (1961). https://t.co/T5VLuGOZsO — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 28, 2022

Doncic also joined James Harden as the only players in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double.

There are two 60-point triple-doubles in NBA history.

Luka has double the amount of rebounds as Harden. pic.twitter.com/iNMGYAbICP — StatMuse (@statmuse) December 28, 2022

A franchise record

Less than a week after tying Dirk Nowitzki for the most 50-point games in Dallas Mavericks franchise history (2), Doncic put himself at the top of the list with tonight's historic performance. 

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He now holds the franchise record for most points scored in a single game, passing Nowitzki's previous record of 53 points. 

Doncic now owns four of the top 10 highest-scoring performances in franchise history. 

Highest-scoring games in Mavericks history Rank Player Opponent Year Points 1. Luka Doncic Knicks 2022 60 2. Dirk Nowitzki Rockets 2004 53 3. Luka Doncic Clippers 2022 51 4. Dirk Nowitzki Warriors 2006 51 4. Luka Doncic Rockets 2022 50 6. Jim Jackson Nuggets 1994 50 7.  Jamal Mashburn Bulls 1994 50 8. Luka Doncic Pelicans 2022 49 9. Mark Aguirre 76ers 1985 49 10. Josh Howard Jazz 2007 47

Doncic leads the NBA

Doncic is the first player this season to record 60 points, eclipsing the previous high of 59 held by 76ers big man Joel Embiid. 

Of the ten 50+ point games this season, Doncic joins Joel Embiid and Devin Booker as the only players to record multiple 50-point games this season. 

Highest-scoring games in 2022-23 Rank Player Opponent Points 1. Luka Doncic Knicks 60 2. Joel Embiid Jazz 59 3. Devin Booker Pelicans 58 4. Anthony Davis Wizards 55 5. Joel Embiid Hornets 53 5. Pascal Siakam Knicks 52 7. = Devin Booker Bulls 51 7. = Darius Garland Timberwolves 51 9.= Stephen Curry Suns 50 9.= Luka Doncic Rockets 50

Social Reaction

NBA players around the league, past and present, were locked in on Doncic's historic night, taking to Twitter to marvel at the Slovenian's ridiculous performance. 

Luka Magic!!! Goooood Lawd…

— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) December 28, 2022

Me seeing Luka’s stats tonight…wow pic.twitter.com/FHdYwQXXmW — Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) December 28, 2022

60/20/10?? este tio no es normal @luka7doncic — Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 28, 2022

Luka went crazy tonight

— Lance Stephenson (@StephensonLance) December 28, 2022

60/21/10 is INSANE!!!!!!! Luka 🌺

— kuz (@kylekuzma) December 28, 2022

OMG Luka is COOKIN these boys 🔥🔥🔥

— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) December 28, 2022

It’ll be another statue in Dallas… Luka is like that! 🤷🏾‍♂️

— Kevin Garnett (@KevinGarnett5KG) December 28, 2022

With the MVP race wide open, Doncic is doing his best to establish himself as the favorite for the award.