The Mavericks won a thriller Saturday night, defeating the Warriors 134-132. Luka Doncic was sensational, scoring 42 points to go along with seven rebounds and 11 assists. He outdueled a blazing hot Steph Curry, who put up 57 points on 11-of-19 shooting from behind the arc. It was the Mavericks’ second win in three games.
Dallas seems to be turning things around with this win. Doncic shook off a tough week and played perhaps his best game of the year. Role players hit shots. Everything is good, for at least one night. Here are three stats from a primetime win over the Warriors.
6: The number of 40 point, 10 assist games in Mavericks history.
The Dallas Mavericks were founded in 1980 and there have only been six instances when a player scored at least 40 points and collected 10 assists. They all belong to Luka Doncic. As if you needed another measure of Doncic’s greatness and potential.
130: The number of points the Mavericks scored on 3’s, free throws, or in the paint.
In a stunning display of efficiency, the Mavericks scored 130 of their 134 points in the paint, on free throws, or from 3-pointers. Morey-ball has swept the league and the Mavericks executed it to perfection tonight. They ignored the midrange almost completely, and with the results against the Warriors, it’s hard to argue they should play any other way.
10: The number of consecutive games Doncic has scored at least 25-plus points.
Doncic is going to rewrite the Mavericks’ record books and we might as well get used to it.
This was the tenth consecutive game Doncic has scored at least 25 points. Mark Aguirre and Dirk Nowitzki are the only two other players to do so in Mavericks’ history. Both Aguirre and Nowitzki recorded a streak of 13 such games. With games against the Timberwolves, Hawks, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers looming, it’s not outlandish to think Doncic might challenge that record.