Luka Doncic recorded the 29th triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday. By doing so, the Dallas Mavericks star moved past all-time great Michael Jordan on the NBA’s career triple-double list in a 117-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Doncic is now tied with Grant Hill for 15th place on the list.
The Slovenian playmaker finished with 36 points, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, 16 rebounds and 15 assists, as well as a pair of steals in 38 minutes.
While the Dallas dynamo made a strong impact with his long-range shooting, his teammates struggled mightily, making just 2 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Doncic was a one-man show in the second quarter, scoring 20 of the Mavs’ 29 points. He buried a 3-pointer with 14.7 seconds left in the first half, giving him 30 points in the opening half.
But it wasn’t enough for Dallas. Chicago led 67-52 at the break.
Luka Doncic reacts to loss
Though he finished with gaudy statistics, Luka Doncic was unhappy with his performance.
“That’s on me, the game,” Doncic told reporters after the game. “I would say I was being selfish a little bit because I had 30 points in the first half.
“That wasn’t me in the second half. I’ve got to do way better than that…”
The Mavericks fell to 6-6, while the Bulls improved to 5-8.
For Chicago, Lauri Markkanen notched a double-double (29 points and 10 rebounds) and Garrett Temple supplied a season-best 21 points, including 15 in the second period, when the Bulls outscored the visitors 40-29.
Did you know?
A man of many accomplishments before reaching his prime, Luka Doncic became the NBA’s youngest player to record a 30-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist game in August 2020.
The 21-year-old is averaging 28.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.4 assists through Sunday.
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