On Tuesday, Luka Doncic recorded his eighth triple-double of the season.
In 32 minutes of play, the rookie phenom scored 21 points, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in a 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns.
With this assist to @doefinney_10, @luka7doncic has recorded his 8th triple-double of the season! #ROY pic.twitter.com/B1sZsntrGG- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 10, 2019
Doncic shot 6-for-14 from the field, 2-for-5 from 3-point range and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. One of those 3-pointers came in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Mavericks a seven point lead as the Suns were trying to rally back thanks to a huge 39-point second half from Jamal Crawford.
Luka drains the step-back! pic.twitter.com/fF0yj2PijR- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 10, 2019
The win doesn't mean much for the Mavericks in the big scheme of things, but Doncic made some history with his performance. According to Basketball-Reference, he moved into third place for the most triple-doubles all-time for a rookie, passing Magic Johnson.
Oscar Roberston (26) and Ben Simmons (12) are the only first-year players who have ever had more.
Four of Doncic's triple-doubles came before his 20th birthday. Not only did that make him the second teenager in NBA history to record a triple-double, he's the only teenager ever to record multiple triple-doubles.
One of those was a 30-point triple-double, which, once again, was the first of its kind for a player his age.
The Mavericks only have one more game remaining this season, so Doncic won't catch Simmons at No. 2 or Robertson at No. 1, but finishing third is an impressive accomplishment for the 20-year-old and a sign of what's to come.