Luka Doncic made some history on Monday.
In the Dallas Mavericks' 116-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Rookie of the Year favourite recorded his first career triple-double with totals of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double in the process, the youngest being Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, who beat Doncic by 10 days.
Doncic and Fultz are now the only teenagers to post a triple-double in an NBA game.
Luka Doncic just became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double!https://t.co/IA4KyDZTRh pic.twitter.com/8d4iLCbDJw- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 21, 2019
Doncic shot 6-for-17 from the field against the Bucks, but he made things interesting down the stretch with eight points in the fourth quarter. Three of those points came on an and-one play with 3:05 minutes remaining in regulation that brought the Mavericks within five.
Unfortunately for Doncic, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon scored the final eight points of the game for the Bucks to give them the double-digit victory. Bledsoe continued his recent strong play with 21 points, five assists and four rebounds, and Brogdon chipped in with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
Giannis Antetokounmpo once again led the Bucks in a number of categories. In 35 minutes of action, the MVP candidate put up 31 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
Two of Antetokounmpo's 31 points came on a huge dunk over Doncic late in the fourth quarter when the Bucks were struggling to score.
😤😤😤#MFFL 103#FearTheDeer 112- NBA (@NBA) January 21, 2019
Giannis (31p/15r/5a) RISES in Milwaukee! pic.twitter.com/V8VASDNG4H
The Mavericks are 4-20 on the road this season compared to 16-6 at home. While their 20-26 records puts them near the bottom of the Western Conference standings - only the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns have worse records - they're still only a handful of games out of the No. 8 seed.