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Luka Doncic leads the most offensive week in NBA history with a memorable display: “I almost had a heart attack”


Luka Doncic during the game against Atlanta Hawks (REUTERS).

Luka Doncic He didn’t know what to do in the astonishment that he himself had caused. He walked a few steps after scoring the last of his baskets and released all his energy with a scream that is now NBA history. They were the last points of the 73 total points he scored against the Atlanta Hawks – fourth best individual performance in NBA history – only Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain, on two occasions, have scored more points in a match. Dončić’s 73 points come in the same week that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, voted best player of the previous regular season, scored 70 points, also a record for his team.

The Slovenian it has been a statistical revolution since he landed in the NBA. He has a record of all types: precocity, triple-doubles and scoring, efficiency, assists and appearances in the All Star at 25 years old, but this morning he has decided to write with golden letters in the league’s history book . Because against the Hawks, the team that chose him in the 2019 draft, Doncic scored his highest score ever and the fourth in league history: 73 points, a figure not seen since Kobe Bryant in 2006.

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Only Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain, on two occasions, have scored more points in a game than the Slovenian who had an almost perfect game. Doncic also broke the Mavericks record for most points scored in half a game against Atlanta, thanks to the 41 in the first half -18 in the first quarter and 23 in the second-. He made 17 of 22 field goals, including 6 of 9 three-pointers, in that first half.

Luka Doncic during the game against Atlanta Hawks (REUTERS).

That surpassed the 34 in the second half of Dirk Nowitzki’s game against the Utah Jazz in 2009. “There are some incredible players,” Doncic said Friday when asked about the recent streak of great scoring performances. “There is so much talent in the NBA. I don’t think there has ever been so much talent. I don’t know because I didn’t watch the NBA. But there is so much talent in the game that it is just crazy,” he added, in statements reported by the Associated Press.

A little over a month ago, before the Phoenix Suns Devin Booker gave another memorable performance. Doncic He had 50 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks. He also achieved something that he values ​​more than individual statistics and that is the victory of his team by 128 to 114 against one of his great rivals. “When these kinds of ‘awards’ come with a win, it’s more fun. It was a tough game away from home and we won. So beyond my individual performance, we won the game, so I am very happy,” Doncic expressed after finishing the match and having made history.

With a far, far away triple, practically from the Suns sticker, he became the fourth player in history to score 50 points on Christmas Day, joining Wilt Chamberlain (59 in 1961), Rick Barry (50 in 1966) and Bernard King (the last to achieve it, with 60 in 1984). He did it with a match in which he also left behind the 10,000-point barrier in the NBA, a mark that he has surpassed at just 24 years and 301 days old and having played 358 games in the league. They only surpass him Michael Jordan, last to achieve it in fewer games (303). Wilt Chamberlain He is the player who has done so in the fewest games in history (236). Elgin Baylor (315), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (319), Oscar Robertson (334) and George Gervin (355). Doncic did his thing again against Atlante on a night that makes him a serious candidate for league MVP.



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