The New Orleans Pelicans travelled to Texas to face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in what was largely billed as a Luka Doncic vs Zion Williamson game. Zion Williamson, fresh after putting on a show in a losing cause at the Smoothie King Center, was primed to repeat that performance at the American Airlines Arena on the night. Luka Doncic, however, had more than half a mind to put on a show himself.
Luka Doncic may not have ended the game with the most points on the court across both teams, but the former Rookie of the Year did much more than that. With Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes as his witness, Luka Doncic notched up his 22nd career triple-double against the New Orleans Pelicans, as the Mavericks vs Pelicans game was pushed into overtime. In the 127-123 overtime win, Luka Doncic finished with figures of 30 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, condemning the Pelicans to their third consecutive defeat.
His 10th assist of the Mavericks vs Pelicans game came when he set up Kristaps Porzingis, who ended up with a game-high 34 points and 12 rebounds. With the 22nd Luka Doncic triple-double, Luka Doncic is now the all-time triple-doubles leader for the Dallas Mavericks. He also became the first player in the history of the Dallas Mavericks to have a 30/15/10 game. Doncic has now joined the likes of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kobe Bryant as the only point guards with the aforementioned stat line since the turn of the century.
Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic are the first pair of Mavericks teammates with 30 pts and 10 rebs in the same game since Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard in 2008.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2020
Porzingis is also the first player with 30 pts, 10 reb & 5 blk in consecutive games since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. pic.twitter.com/AQiBIVNw2d
Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson also came to the fore in the Luka Doncic vs Zion Williamson duel. After thrilling Pelicans fans in New Orleans earlier this week, Zion Williamson dropped 21 points against the Dallas Mavericks on the night. Zion Williamson has now dropped 20+ points for 13 games running. While the much-heralded Pelicans rookie may not quite have come out on top in the Luka Doncic vs Zion Williamson duel, the Pelicans will hope that Williamson continues in this rich vein of form come next season when Alvin Gentry will have a chance at adding some more quality around his No. 1 pick.