At just 21, Luka Doncic has cemented himself as a superstar in the NBA for many, many years to come.
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In only the fourth playoff game of his NBA career, Doncic elevated his game to another level finishing with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists on a bad left ankle, capping off his performance with a step-back 3 at the buzzer to deliver a two-point win in overtime.
It's the stuff of legends.
How legendary was his performance? Take a look at some figures to put the elite company he has just joined into perspective.
Stats courtesy of Dallas Mavericks PR, unless otherwise noted.
21 years, 177 days
Having turned 21 in late February, Doncic becomes the youngest player in NBA history to hit a game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs.
Luka Dončić (21 years, 177 days) is now the youngest player in @NBA history to hit a game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 23, 2020
The previous youngest (tracked back to 1996-97) was Kevin Martin (23 years, 86 days) in 2006. pic.twitter.com/C9VzpGVeOH
Doncic is the first player in NBA history to score 43 or more points, grab 17 or more rebounds and dish out 13 or more assists in a playoff game. It's a stat line that's only been achieved once in a regular season game.
Luka Dončić is the first player with 43+ pts, 17+ rebs, and 13+ ast in a playoff game in @NBA history.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 23, 2020
The only player with that many points, rebounds, and assists in a *regular season game* was Wilt Chamberlain (53-32-14) in 1968. pic.twitter.com/1DzpuHSu9b
Doncic becomes one of just two players in NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double in the postseason before turning 22 years old. The other? A guy by the name of LeBron James.
Luka Dončić (21 years, 177 days) has just joined LeBron James (21 years, 113 days) as only players in @NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double in the playoffs before turning 22 years old.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 23, 2020
Dončić has 30 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists with 7 minutes left to play. pic.twitter.com/hRoCcaVLdi
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Doncic is also one of two players to cap a 40-point performance with a buzzer-beater while trailing, joining Michael Jordan as the only other.
Luka Doncic and Michael Jordan are the only players in NBA postseason history to cap a 40-point performance with a buzzer beater while trailing.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 23, 2020
Jordan did it in 1989 when he hit "The Shot" over Craig Ehlo. pic.twitter.com/3zKhCS5Lmz
Doncic became the third player in NBA playoff history to score at least 40 points, grab at least 15 rebounds and dish out at least 10 assists in a game, joining Oscar Robertson and Charles Barkley.
Luka Dončić finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists today. This stat line is a first in playoff history.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 23, 2020
Dončić joins Oscar Robertson and Charles Barkley as the only players in @NBA playoff history to record 40+ points, 15+ rebounds and 10+ assists in a game. pic.twitter.com/uQIOAmmF9b
Doncic is just the ninth player in NBA history to record consecutive triple-doubles in the postseason. In Game 3, Doncic finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists before exiting with a sprained left ankle.
Luka Dončić is now the 9th player in @NBA history to record consecutive triple-doubles in the playoffs.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) August 23, 2020
Dončić (2) joins Magic Johnson (5) and LeBron James (2) as the only players in league history to record multiple triple-doubles in the playoffs at age 21-or-younger. pic.twitter.com/4ybIZwRW8Q
The Mavericks and Clippers meet for a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
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