Following a slow start to the season, Dallas Mavericks superstar guard Luka Doncic finally got back to doing what he does best – collecting triple-doubles.
Doncic had season highs with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists as the Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 113-110 on the road on Monday night, which saw Doncic record his first triple-double of the young season.
According to ESPN, Doncic now has three of the five 30-15-10 performances in NBA history by players younger than age 22, joining the likes of Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson in 1960 and Magic Johnson in 1981.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised,” Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic’s performance, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “He’s a great player.”.
“His preparation schedule was thrown off, and he just got behind the curve,” Carlisle said. “It’s pretty clear now that he’s working his way back to where he needs to be. As I mentioned the other night, all of his physical and conditioning indicators are really going in a good, strong direction, which is great. And you can tell on the floor. You can see that he’s just getting better and better as each day goes by.”
“I’m ready to play,” Doncic said. “I’m going to keep doing the conditioning, keep doing better, keep getting in better shape. We have a lot of games, so I’ll be in shape.”