Luka Doncic made his Madison Square Garden debut on Wednesday, but it was Dennis Smith Jr. who stole the show.
In the Dallas Mavericks' 114-90 win over the New York Knicks, Smith scored 13 points, dished out a career-high 15 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. It was the second triple-double of his NBA career, the first coming early in his rookie season when he went for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Smith's final assist was perhaps the most memorable, as it set Dirk Nowitzki up for his 12th point of the night, marking a new season-high for the future Hall of Famer. Nowitzki finished the game with 14 points.
DSJ scores his second career triple-double, and Dirk drains another 3 in front of the Garden crowd! What a night in NYC! #MFFL pic.twitter.com/BFHx7aZPjc- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 31, 2019
As for Doncic, the rookie sensation posted 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He shot only 7-for-18 from the field, but he made a number of impressive plays, such as this 3-pointer to beat the buzzer...
How'd he make it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/MZ1ekS8zwX- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 31, 2019
...as well as this pass that set Dwight Powell up with an easy layup:
Luka lasers it to Dwight for the lay-in! pic.twitter.com/tjDwJqELCy- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 31, 2019
With the win, the Mavericks move to 23-27 on the season. They're now 18-7 at home and 5-20 on the road.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have the worst record in the NBA at 10-40.