Luka Doncic continues to build on one of the most amazing seasons in the NBA. It didn’t take long for the Slovenian to sign his first triple-double of calendar year 2023 in a crucial game for the Dallas Mavericks. His 39 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists were instrumental in taking down one of the direct rivals in the Western Conference battle, the New Orleans Pelicans (127–117). And, incidentally, get into a fight to dominate the fight without the team setting the pace.
The Mavericks came out on the offensive, and a 37–17 run in less than 15 minutes made it clear they always wanted to score something against the highly competitive Pelicans. An advantage they did not let go despite the fact that the New Orleans team played hard in the final quarter. About five minutes from the end, Doncic finally killed Willy Hernángmez’s men with a triple over the face of defender Steven Adams. The Spaniard, for his part, had a great game, signing 6+10 in 16 minutes.
The game puts the Mavericks in battle for everything. In less than a month they went from accounting for play-ins to believing in a team that could win the West. They are separated by three wins (23-17) from the leader, the Denver Nuggets (26-13). for good measure This happens because in Christian Wood, Doncic has found an excellent partner in attack. The interior signed 28+6 against the Pelicans, and he is the first big man really comfortable with the Slovenian. For example, this did not happen with Kristaps Porzingis. “He doesn’t get angry when I yell at him, and that’s what I appreciate.”, It’s hard to keep up with me on the track. I want to win, and he appreciates that. He doesn’t get angry, he does a great job”, praised Doncic at the start of the year regarding his best teammate.
Personally nothing has changed. His first triple-double of the year was his eighth with 30 or more points on the course. This places him among the 10 most in history, the second time he has achieved this. Only Nikola Jokic, with four, leads those numbers in ‘rebounds’. And in scoring, he leads, or equals the best, in games of 30 or more points (27), 40 or more (8), 50 or more (3) and 60 or more (1).
To support the dual status of West and Doncic’s candidacy – if he needs it in the individual section – he will have a demanding tour away from home as the ‘boss’ in the NBA. They will visit Los Angeles, both the Clippers and Lakers, and a doubleheader in Portland,