It’s like Lula Doncic said in the post-game, “It wasn’t our best game, far from that. We fought, we hung in there, fought for each other and never gave up. We needed that win and you can never count us out.” The numbers help tell the tale.
34 points, 20 rebounds, 12 assists: Luka’s stat line
Luka Doncic may have just had one of the best games of his career. The last player to put up that stat line was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976. This was only the fourth 30-point, 20-rebound, and 10-assist game since the merger in 1976. He is the youngest player to ever have a 30-20-10 game.
34: Luka’s point total
Doncic only made two-of-six three-point field goals today, but still managed to score 34 points. He only has only one other game this season where he’s scored 30 or more while making two or less three-point field goals. That game was the Mavericks previous game against the Suns on August 2nd. 20 of his points came in the paint and eight from the free throw line.
36.7: The Mavericks field goal percentage
Somehow, this team still managed to pull of a victory despite a horrible shooting night. They made only nine of their 41 three-point attempts, which is 22 percent. The Mavericks win today prevented a 50 game losing streak when they shoot lower than 40 percent from the field. When Doncic was not on the floor, the team shot 31.8 percent.
+37: The point differential in the Kings bench vs. the Mavericks
In this game, the Kings saw major contributions from their bench. Buddy Hield had 21 points, Kent Bazemore had 16 points, and Nemanja Bjelica had 12 points. The Mavericks highest scorer off the bench was Maxi Kleber with just eight points. Luckily for the Mavericks, they survived their lack of depth in this one.
50-12: Free throw attempts from the Mavericks compared to the Kings
Before tonight, the most free throws the Mavericks had taken in a game this season was 41 against Portland in October. I don’t accredit this steep disparity to bad officiating, but rather a lack of ability to generate offense anywhere else. The Mavericks could not knock down a shot from behind the arc, so they attacked inside and got to the line. They made 39 of these free throws, which also eclipses the previous high of 33 which they made in two games against Phoenix. One was thee November win while the other was the Mavericks second game in the bubble.
+13: The highest individual plus/minus from the Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith leads the way in individual plus-minus for this contest. He did not have a great game during the first three quarters, but absolutely came alive down the stretch. Finney-Smith was +7 in the fourth quarter which was higher than even Doncic, and lead all scorers with eight points.