Luka Doncic Records 4th Career 30-Point Playoff Triple-Double For 5th Most in NBA History

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Mavericks Luka Doncic Records 4th Career 30-Point NBA Playoff Triple-Double For 5th Most in NBA History Playoffs

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic posted his fourth career 30-point triple-double in the playoffs, surpassing James Harden (three) and Stephen Curry (three), for the fifth most in NBA history.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic ties Oscar Robertson for the 10th-most playoff triple-doubles

Doncic, 25, has eight playoff triple-doubles, tying Oscar Robertson for the 10th most in postseason history. Magic Johnson leads the all-time list with 30 triple-doubles in the playoffs, followed by LeBron James (28).

In Dallas’ 109-108 Game 2 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves of the Western Conference finals on Friday night, Doncic recorded 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists in 41 minutes of action.

Furthermore, it was his fifth triple-double of the playoffs and sixth 30-point game this postseason. The five-time All-Star finished 10-of-23 (43.5%) shooting from the field, 5-of-11 (45.5%) from 3-point range, and a perfect 7-of-7 (100%) at the free throw line.

More importantly, Doncic helped the Mavericks overcome an 18-point deficit, and he nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left to give his team the victory.

While the Mavs had possession as the clock ticked down, Doncic used a screen to draw Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert out to the top of the paint and a crossover dribble to set up an impressive step-back 3-pointer.

“I can’t move fast, but I can move faster than him. I was just trying to get to my spot and step back. I’m confident in that shot,” Doncic said. “First to four. Nothing’s won. You’ve just got to think about next game — not in the future, just this game.”

Doncic is shooting 47.1% from 3-point range in the clutch of his playoff career

Of course, Doncic is currently shooting 47.1% from 3-point range in the clutch of his playoff career. That’s the fourth highest in NBA history. He’s the first player to average at least 30 points and 10 assists through the first two games of a conference finals series.

“As you’ve seen with Luka, he loves that stage. He doesn’t run from it,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought he was great the whole game, keeping guys together, his energy.”

Moreover, Dallas’ 18-point rally is now tied for the third-largest playoff comeback in Mavs history. It marks the second time the team has clawed its way back from 18 or more points in the Western Conference finals.

This win also comes days after Doncic received his fifth-straight All-NBA First-Team selection. In 70 games (all starts) of the regular season, he averaged a career high and a league-best 33.9 points per game, along with 9.2 rebounds, a career-high 9.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 37.5 minutes.

Additionally, the six-year veteran also led the league in points (2,370), field goal attempts (1,652), and usage percentage (36%). In fact, he had 21 triple-doubles as well, finishing behind only Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis (26) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (25).