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Another triple-double for Luka as Mavs dominate the depleted Warriors

Another triple-double for Luka as Mavs dominate the depleted Warriors

 

If I would have told you last season that the Mavericks would beat the Warriors by 48 points this season, you would have looked at me sideways and bet me money otherwise.

Well, it happened tonight.

Playing with only eight active players, the 3-12 Warriors were no competition for Luka and the Mavericks. From tip-off, the Mavs were off and running, seemingly hitting every three pointer in the first quarter.

And that went for the whole Dallas squad but specifically Luka who tallied 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the first quarter. Yeah, the first quarter.

Luka followed his 42 point triple-double on Monday with 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists to notch his seventh triple-double of the season. If it weren’t for the blowout, Luka could’ve easily secured consecutive 40-point games and even a potential 50 burger.

With Seth Curry out with an illness, Tim Hardaway Jr. got his first start of the season tonight and shook off the rust with 20 points on 6-7 shooting.

THJ gave some credit for his performance to his dad, former Maverick Tim Hardaway, who was in the arena tonight. “Yeah, it had a little bit to do with that. Any time Pops can come into town and bring some spirit, I’m all for that.”

But let’s be honest, there isn’t much to analyze here. Golden State played without their entire starting lineup tonight and have done so for much of the season. Let’s face it, the Warriors are the worst team in the league. And simply put, this is what playoff teams are supposed to do to the worst team in the league. Maybe beating them by 48 is quite the ask but the Mavs just had it rolling tonight.

At the end of the night, there’s only one thing to focus on: Luka. Once again, as he’s been all season long, he was phenomenal. The 20-year-old joined another club tonight, becoming the first player in NBA history to have a 35-point triple-double in 25 minutes or less. The other members of that club? No one. He started the club himself tonight.

The kid is special and there’s no denying that. And it’s still only 14 games into his sophomore season but Luka has the looks of a potential all-time great. Not just a multiple time All-Star; an all-time great.

Doing the type of stuff he’s doing in his second season at just 20-years-old is unheard of. And to think his prime is still years away? That’s a frightening thought for the rest of the NBA.

Lead editor and credentialed media member covering the Dallas Mavericks | Born & raised in the Dallas area. UNT graduate. Sports writer with a hefty beard and a smooth jump shot.

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