Dončić makes history with NBA's first 60-point triple double

Dallas, 28 December - Slovenian basketball star Luka Dončić has shown another outstanding performance, recording 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists to rally his Dallas Mavericks to a win against the New York Knicks (126:121) on Tuesday evening US time in what is the first such triple double in NBA history.

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Basketball superstar Luka Dončić.
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The first 60-point game in Mavs history also marked Dončić's career high in rebounds.

The 60-21-10 triple double is another all-time record as before this only two players made history by going beyond 50 points and 20 rebounds in a triple-double: Wilt Chamberlain, who did it twice, and Elgin Baylor.

This was Dončić's seventh triple-double of the season. He is now just the seventh player in franchise history and the youngest ever to record a 50-point triple-double, and he joined James Harden as the only two players in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double.

This comes only a few days after the 23-year-old Ljubljana-born player tied the record of most 50-point games in Mavericks history by Dirk Nowitzki, another franchise-making player who retired in 2019 and is now the Mavs special advisor.

Dončić's latest historic feat helped push yesterday's game into overtime in what was a rarely-seen comeback for the Mavs as in the past 20 years no team has been able to erase a nine-point gap with only some 34 seconds left in regulation.

The Slovenian was again the one calling the shots as he intentionally missed a free throw right at the end of the fourth quarter and then managed to get the rebound and bank in a buzzer beater that sent the game to overtime.

In the last moments of regulation play and during overtime Dončić orchestrated by points or assists 16 points out of the 23 the Mavericks scored.

"I'n tired as hell," he said after the win with a big smile on his face, adding: "I need a recovery beer." Looking ahead, he believes every game should be played with this kind of attitude.

Dončić spent about 47 minutes on court in the game against the Knicks, and in addition to the triple double he recorded two steals, four turnovers and one block.

Bagging their fourth win in a row yesterday, the Mavs are currently sixth in the Western Conference.

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