In game 1 of the NBA's Mexico City Games 2019, the Dallas Mavericks took on the Detroit Pistons at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
Luka Doncic and Seth Curry combined for 71 points as the Mavericks won their 11th game in their last 13. Andre Drummond was the top contributor for the Pistons with 23 points and 15 rebounds but he couldn't stop the team from suffering their second loss in six games this month.
Here are the biggest takeaways from this game:
Luka makes history AGAIN & breaks multiple records!
- First player in @NBAHistory to post a triple-double in a game played outside of the USA/Canada- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 13, 2019
- First player in @NBAHistory with multiple 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21
Luka Doncic earns #SAPStatLineOfTheNight in Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/1Tmg4rjszk
The triple-double is Doncic's eighth of the season and seventh on the road, passing Magic Johnson (6) and LeBron James (6) for most in NBA history prior to turning 22.
This is the fourth 40-point game of his career, which ties him with Kevin Durant for second-most for players under the age of 21 in NBA history. His 41 points are also the most scored by any player in Mexico City, surpassing the previous high of 39, set by Devin Booker in 2016-17.
This game also took Doncic's streak of consecutive games with 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists to 20, which ranks third all-time in NBA history.
Seth Curry becomes flamethrower off the bench
Curry went off for 30, one shy of his career-high, as he knocked 11 of his 15 field goal attempts and went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
30 points on only 15 shots. 😳@sdotcurry came to PLAY tonight! #MFFL pic.twitter.com/MAioECvxeH- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 13, 2019
According to the Mavericks, he became the third Maverick in more than a decade and the first since Jason Terry to score at least 30 points off the bench.
Pistons no match for the Mavericks
While Drummond recorded a great double-double, he didn't receive plenty of support.
The trio of Blake Griffin (29:39 minutes), Derrick Rose (25:46) and Luke Kennard (33:39) - all key players of the team's rotation - combined for 37 on 13-of-45 (28.9%) shooting from the field. Nonetheless, as per their coach, their offense might not have been the problem.
"He [Doncic] picked us apart," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.
The Pistons have been great defensively during their 4-2 stretch in December but overall, they are ranked 19th in defensive rating - 109.9 and Doncic showed why. They need to start well this month because four of their five opponents are top quality playoff teams in the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA Mexico Games continue after a couple of games when the Phoenix Suns take on the San Antonio Spurs.