Luka Doncic destroys the Knicks in unprecedented fashion: Seven numbers to know from the Mavericks star’s MVP night

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Luka Doncic turned in one of the greatest performances in NBA history on Tuesday night, putting up a stat line that’s impossible to believe even as I sit here writing it: 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in the Mavericks’ wild 126-121 win in overtime over the Knicks.

This marks the first 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history, and only the second 60-point triple-double of any kind, joining James Harden’s 60-11-10 streak from a 2018. It tops

  1. First game with 60 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists all-time
  2. Second 60-point triple-double all-time (James Harden, 60-11-10)
  3. First game with 60 points and 20 rebounds since Shaq in 2000
  4. NBA’s first 60-point game this season
  5. Mavericks single game scoring record
  6. Doncic career high (points and rebounds)
  7. Doncic’s 56.3 Game Score sixth best since 1983-84

The latest number is per our CBS Sports research department. Game Score reflects the entire box score to identify the best single game performances. Here are the only five to top Doncic’s 56.3 since 1883-84:

  • Michael Jordan (64.6): 69 points, 23-37 FG, 18 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl
  • Kobe Bryant (63.5): 81 points, 28-46 FG, 18-20 FG, 3 Stl
  • Karl Malone (60.2): 61 points, 21-26 feet, 19-23 feet, 18 reps
  • David Thompson (57.0): 73 points, 28-38 feet, 17-20 feet, 7 reb
  • James Harden (56.6): 60 points, 10 Reb, 11 Ast, 17-18 FT, 4 Stl
  • Luka Doncic (56.3): 60 Pts, 21 Reb, 10 Ast, 21-31 FG, 16-22 FT

Wilt Chamberlain’s numbers are supposed to be mythical. Doncic is out here topping them. The most points Wilt ever scored in a game in which he also grabbed 20 rebounds was 53.

I mean this was absolutely crazy how easy Luka made this look. There is no way a Mavericks win should have been possible. They were down by nine with 33 seconds left. With 4.2 seconds left and Dallas trailing by two, Luka missed a free throw on purpose, ended up winning the tip-drill rebound, and scored to tie the game.

Another number for your consideration: 13,884. That’s the number of games in which a team led by at least nine points with 35 or fewer seconds left on Tuesday. Want to know how many of these teams lost the game? Zero. Not one. Sorry, Knicks fans.

“I’m tired as hell,” Doncic said in the postgame interview. He should be. It’s not often we can say something like this, but we may never see another game like this in our lifetime. That includes everyone reading this. Everyone on the planet, in fact. Regardless of age. I know records are made to be broken and all, but a triple double of 60 points and 20 rebounds could possibly stand forever.

Does this prove enough to move Doncic to the front in a crowded early MVP race? It’s hard to argue against that. On a night when Joel Embiid fell 48 and 10, Doncic made that streak look downright childish when he initially drew even with Embiid as the league’s leading scorer (33.7 to 33.6). But this goes beyond the numbers. A night like this hits at gut level. Doncic is the most fascinating player we have in today’s game. He took our breath away again on Tuesday.

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