Mavericks’ Doncic scores 73, tying mark for 4th most factors in NBA recreation

Luka Doncic and Devin Booker went on one other NBA scoring spree on Friday night time, making this every week like none different in league historical past.

Doncic broke his personal Dallas franchise report by scoring 73 factors — tying the fourth-most in NBA historical past — and Booker scored 62 for the Phoenix Suns within the second highest-scoring recreation of his profession so as to add to every week of offensive explosions the likes of which the league has by no means seen.

Friday marked solely the fifth time in NBA historical past — and amazingly, the second time this week — the place two gamers scored a minimum of 60 factors, after Joel Embiid scored 70 for Philadelphia and Karl-Anthony Cities had 62 for Minnesota on Monday.

Earlier than that, the newest such incidence of two 60-point video games on the identical day was on April 9, 1978, when David Thompson scored 73 and George Gervin scored 63. The NBA went almost 46 years with out one other such day earlier than Embiid and Cities pulled it off.

‘It was lovely’

Doncic had a recreation topped by solely Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant — Friday was the fourth anniversary of the Los Angeles Lakers nice’s dying — on the NBA’s all-time scoring checklist. Chamberlain scored 100 on March 2, 1962; Bryant scored 81 on Jan. 18, 2006; Chamberlain had 78 on Dec. 8, 1961.

And now, Doncic has joined their echelon, his 73 tying Thompson and Chamberlain (who did it twice) for fourth-most ever in an NBA recreation.

“It was lovely,” Doncic stated.

Doncic’s earlier profession finest was 60 factors. He made 25 of 33 pictures in Dallas’ 148-143 win over Atlanta, plus went 15 of 16 from the foul line and eight of 13 from three-point vary.

“Unbelievable efficiency,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd stated.

As if all that wasn’t sufficient, Doncic had 10 rebounds and 7 assists. He grew to become the fifth participant in NBA historical past with a minimum of 70 factors and 10 rebounds in a recreation, becoming a member of Chamberlain (who did it six instances), Elgin Baylor, David Robinson and Embiid — who did it Monday.

Add the assists in there, and no person in NBA historical past had as many factors, rebounds and assists in the identical recreation as Doncic did on Friday.

“What he does on the courtroom is totally different than anyone else,” Kidd stated.

Booker, whose profession excessive is 70 — additionally in a loss, coming at Boston in 2017 — made 22 of his 37 pictures from the sector, 12 of 13 from the road and 6 of 12 from three-point vary within the Suns’ 133-131 loss at Indiana. Booker missed a three-pointer on the buzzer on Friday.

He has scored a minimum of 59 factors thrice in his profession and by some means, the Suns are 0-3 in these video games.

“He is a spectacular participant,” Suns coach Frank Vogel stated. “I feel he ought to have been voted to be an all-star starter, personally. I feel the entire world can see that. He’ll be in that recreation when the coaches vote [for the reserves]. What a particular efficiency.”

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