Dallas players celebrate with Luka Doncic the historic triple double (from Dallas Mavericks Twitter)
Luka Doncic provided tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday) one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the NBA, no less and no more.
The statistical line is unimaginable: 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, in Dallas' 121:126 victory over New York.
Doncic (Photo: GettyImages, Tim Heitman)
* Needless to say, until tonight, no player in history had posted a triple double of at least 60 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in one game.
* Only two players besides Doncic recorded triple doubles of over 50 points and 20 rebounds - Wilt Chamberlain (53, 32 and 14, also 51, 29 and 11, and Elgin Baylor - 52, 25 and 10).
* Until tonight, there were six players who scored 50 points and finished with a triple double.
Doncic is the youngest among them.
* Luca equaled James Harden, with the most points in a game ending in a triple double.
Harden did it in 2018, with a more modest stat line of 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
* The last player to score at least 60 points and pull down at least 20 rebounds in one game?
Shaquille O'Neal, in 2000.
* In his last three games, Doncic scored 142 points - the best streak of his young career.
* Along the way, became the seventh Dallas player in history to reach 8,000 points with the club.
Let's remember: he is only 23 years old
. * Doncic broke the club's record for points, which was held by Dirk Nowitzki (53) until tonight.
His personal record was 51 until tonight.
* Doncic also smashed his personal record in rebounds (21).
* It was his seventh triple-double of the season, and the 52nd of his career.
* No player scored more points in a single game this season (Joel Embiid scored 59 against Utah).
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But it's not just numbers here - there was also a game, and Doncic also etched his name on one of the biggest dramas of the season to come away with a fourth win in a row.
By tonight, 13,884 teams trailed by at least 9 points with 35 seconds to go.
Not one of them won.
Well, neither of them had Luka Doncic.
The Slovenian erased a 110:101 deficit almost on his own, and reached the peak four seconds to the end, trailing 115:112, when he drew a foul.
He scored the first shot from the line, missed the second on purpose, took the rebound himself and forced overtime.
There, he scored seven more points to secure the win.
When asked to explain his historic performance, Doncic demurred and claimed: "I don't know. I'm just enjoying playing right now. I'm very tired. I need recovery capital."
After his clutch move at the end of legal time, he already thought he had won, and did not know that the game was going to overtime.
"Yes, I thought we won," he admitted.
"That's why I celebrated with the crowd, and then I saw an equalizer. I was lucky with that move, I just threw the ball and hoped for the best. It was very impressive, the whole team didn't give up, we played together. We believed."
"The history of this game is written by players, and it was written again tonight," coach Jason Kidd said.
"He's special, he's in a league of his own. He just doesn't give up, and you saw it at the end. Everyone played an important part in this comeback, but we're lucky, you can't take him for granted. He delivers plays, but he only cares about winning. He believes that he Capable of winning every night. Everyone is still pretty shocked, he's something special."
"We promise greatness," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gloated.
"I've never seen anything like it."
Kevin Garnett added: "There will be another statue in Dallas, a statue of Lucca."
Paul Pierce tweeted: "I've never seen numbers like that in my life, and maybe he never will. These are video game numbers. Luka is the best offensive player in the world."