The Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic may have lost the epic matchup last weekend with LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers — punctuated by monster triple-doubles by each star no less — but the Mavs sophomore made up for it by beating a James record instead.
The 20-year-old finished the game against the visiting New York Knicks with 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, his fourth triple-double of the young eight-game season and his third in the last four outings. In doing so, he surpassed the then-Cleveland Cavalier youngster for the most 30-point triple-doubles before hitting 21-years-old, which the Mavs guard is still several months away from celebrating.
.@luka7doncic has broken the record for most 30-point triple-doubles before the age of 21, previously held by LeBron James, with his 38pt/10ast/14reb performance against the Knicks.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 9, 2019
In addition, Doncic also passed Mavs legend Jason Kidd for the most 20-point triple-doubles with 10. Quite a feat given the legendary point guard's proficiency with the stat.
With that assist, #Mavericks G/F Luka Dončić has broken the record for most 30-point triple-doubles before the age of 21, previously held by LeBron James.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) November 9, 2019
It did come at the expense of a loss against the floundering Knicks squad with Doncic notably taking the last shot that could be effectively summarized as bad, even by his courageous standards. Still, it's hard to blame the Slovenian sensation after putting the team on his back (along with Kristaps Porzingis who finally snapped out of a shooting slump) all night in a game that's largely forgettable for the rest of the supporting cast.
Doncic looks to bounce back against the Memphis Grizzlies on a back-to-back and hopes to not only continue his penchant for amassing triple-doubles but to have a win go with it.