MILWAUKEE — Late in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon, Luka Doncic drove into the lane off a pick-and-roll with DeAndre Jordan. He drew the defense and made a nice little dish to Jordan, who gathered and finished inside. It wasn’t the most incredible play of all time, or one that would be remembered in any way under other circumstances.
But that assist was No. 10 on the day for Doncic, who clinched his first triple-double of his young NBA career. At 19 years and 327 days old, Doncic missed out on the record for youngest triple-double in NBA history by less than two weeks, but he did become the second-youngest player to ever accomplish the feat.
While Doncic, whose Mavs are back in action on Tuesday against the Clippers (8:30 p.m. ET — watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension), may have gotten his 10th assist on a rather mundane pass, most of his dimes on the day were far from normal. His vision and passing skills were on full display all game long, as he delivered a number of incredible cross-court passes to wide-open shooters in the corner. In fact, Doncic could have easily had more than the 10 assists he finished the game with.
From a scoring perspective, it certainly wasn’t the greatest game the young Slovenian has ever had — he shot just 6-of-17 from the field for 18 points. However, he more than made up for it with his contributions in other aspects.
Doncic’s accomplishment will only further his case for Rookie of the Year, which he appears to be running away with. He’s leading all rookies in scoring at 20 points per game, is third in rebounds at 6.7, and second in assists at 5.1.
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