Mavs news: Luka Doncic becomes first Dallas player to score 3 straight 30-point games since Dirk Nowitzki in 2010
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Luka Doncic becomes first Mavs player to score 3 straight 30-point games since Dirk Nowitzki in 2010

Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs

Dallas Mavericks second-year guard Luka Doncic has earned a new feather in his cap following another tremendous performance on Friday in a 143-101 blowout victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the reigning Rookie of the Year eclipsing the 30-point mark for the third straight game, Doncic has just matched a record set by none other than Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki almost a decade ago.

It has been nothing short of an absolutely stellar season for Doncic thus far, with the 20-year-old currently averaging 29.9 points (on 49.3 percent shooting), 10.4 rebounds, 9.7 assists, and 1.3 steals, while also knocking down 3.1 3-pointers on a 34.6-percent clip. Those are some MVP numbers right there, and true enough, the 6-foot-7 combo guard has emerged an as early-season contender for this year’s Most Valuable Player trophy.

Doncic’s amazing talent was on full display again on Friday, as he needed just 29 minutes to put up 30 points (11-of-18 shooting, 4-of-4 from the line), four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, and 14 assists in another tantalizing performance from the youngster.

What makes this achievement even sweeter for Doncic is the fact that Nowitzki himself was in attendance to witness the Slovenian’s latest scoring feat. Dirk is considered by more than a few folks as the greatest European player of all time, but at this point early in his career, all signs are pointing to the fact that Doncic will at least challenge the German for this claim. It’s still way too early to tell, but there’s really no denying that Doncic is truly a once-in-a-generation type of talent.