Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic set the NBA ablaze on Friday with a historic performance, scoring a career-high 73 points in a thrilling 148-143 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.
This remarkable feat surpassed Joel Embiid's 70-point game earlier in the week, marking the highest-scoring performance of the NBA season. Doncic's exceptional night also equaled the fourth-highest point total in NBA history, joining the ranks of legends Wilt Chamberlain and David Thompson.
Doncic's scoring spree, which included 41 points in the first half alone, broke Dirk Nowitzki's franchise record for points in a half. The Mavericks star continued his onslaught, reaching 57 points by the end of the third quarter and adding another eight straight points at the beginning of the fourth.
Ultimately, he finished the game with an astonishing 73 points, going 25-of-33 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, and converting 15 of 16 free throws.
The 22-year-old phenom's performance not only secured a much-needed victory for the struggling Mavericks, who had lost three consecutive games before Friday, but also solidified his place in NBA history.
Doncic became only the 10th player in league history to achieve a 70-point game, joining an elite group of basketball legends. His dominance extended beyond scoring, contributing 10 rebounds and seven assists, making him just the fifth player in NBA history to record at least 70 points and 10 rebounds in a single game.
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd acknowledged Doncic's extraordinary impact, stating that the young star is not just part of the game plan but essentially the entire game plan.
Kidd emphasized Doncic's unique ability to make and create shots, finding open teammates with exceptional skill. Despite the team's ups and downs, Kidd urged not to take Doncic for granted, recognizing his consistent ability to deliver exceptional performances on the court.