Luka Doncic was so close to his first-career triple-double in the Dallas Mavericks' 122-119 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
The rookie sensation finished with a team-high 21 points to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
With 42 seconds on the clock and the game tied at 119, Doncic attacked the rim to try and give his team a late lead. He was fouled and converted both of his free throw attempts to put Dallas up 121-119 with 30 seconds remaining. Anthony Davis put up a three but was off the mark and Doncic grabbed the rebound with a chance to put the game out of reach.
When Doncic missed one of two free throws, the Pelicans had an opportunity to tie the game. Davis missed a game-tying three with three seconds remaining and Doncic secured the final rebound to snap the Mavericks' six-game losing streak.
Davis finished with a monster 32-point, 18-rebound night with Julius Randle chipping in 23 points and Jrue Holiday adding 25 points, six assists and five boards. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 boards in the contest and J.J. Barea provided a huge boost off the bench with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
It was a relieving win for Dallas who had slid out of the Western Conference playoff picture over their six-game skid - they are now 16-17, just two games out of the No. 8 seed. As for the Pelicans, that is their fifth-consecutive loss as they continue to free-fall out of playoff contention in the West, though they are still only four games out of that final playoff spot.
On a more broad scale of topics, Mavericks' long-time star Dirk Nowitzki joined elite company in tonight's win. It was the 900th regular season win of Nowitzki's career, joining a list of five other NBA greats to achieve this feat.
Dirk Nowitzki joins an exclusive list 9⃣0⃣0⃣ pic.twitter.com/eAQ67DPh7h- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 27, 2018
Dirk finished with seven points, one rebound, one assist and two blocks in 12 minutes of playing time in his milestone victory.