Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic delivered a stunning performance on Friday, scoring a career-high 73 points in a 148-143 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. This marked the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season, surpassing Joel Embiid’s 70-point performance earlier in the week, and tied for the fourth-highest output in NBA history, alongside Wilt Chamberlain and David Thompson.
Doncic’s extraordinary night included breaking Dirk Nowitzki’s franchise record for points in a half, reaching 41 points by halftime. He finished 25-of-33 from the field, 8-of-13 from 3-point range, and made 15 of 16 free throws. His stellar performance also featured a three-point play with 2:58 remaining, bringing his total to 70 points, and another three-point play to cap off his unforgettable night.
This victory ended the Mavericks’ three-game losing streak, emphasizing Doncic’s importance to the team. Doncic became the 10th player in NBA history to achieve a 70-point game, joining the ranks of basketball legends. His stellar play was not only a personal milestone but also contributed significantly to the team’s success.
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd acknowledged the uniqueness of Doncic’s abilities, stating, “I’ve said this before, we can’t take him for granted. Every night is special. He always does something. Sometimes we are a little bit tough on him because of the wins and losses, but what he does on the court is different than anybody else.”
Doncic’s record-setting night came on the four-year anniversary of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death, adding another layer of significance to the historic performance. The young star’s dominance and scoring prowess showcased his exceptional talent, making him a standout player in the league.
This remarkable achievement solidifies Doncic’s place among the basketball greats and leaves fans eagerly anticipating his future performances.