Luka Doncic Equals Wilt Chamberlain’s 4th-Most 40-Point Triple-Doubles Record in NBA History

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic tied Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth-most 40-point triple-doubles in NBA history with seven, during a game against the Utah Jazz.
‣ Doncic also recorded his first first-half triple-double of his career and moved past Larry Bird to take sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list of career triple-doubles.
‣ The game against the Jazz was the Mavericks’ highest-scoring game of the season, and their 52-point lead was just one point short of the franchise record.

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Check this out. Luka Doncic, the star player of the Dallas Mavericks, has just tied with Wilt Chamberlain. They now share the fourth-most 40-point triple-doubles in NBA history, each with seven. This record was set during a blowout win against the Utah Jazz, with a staggering final score of 147-97.

Doncic, a four-time All-Star, recorded an impressive 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. And guess what? He did all this in just three quarters of action! The 24-year-old also achieved his first first-half triple-double of his career, racking up 29 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists.

Now, let’s talk about the Dallas Mavericks’ odds this season. According to multiple NBA betting sites, they hold the 10th-shortest odds to win this season’s championship. But, the LA Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are showing better odds in the sportsbooks.

Here’s an interesting tweet I found. It shows the most 30-point triple-doubles over the last 5 seasons. Luka Doncic is at the top with 33, followed by Nikola Jokic with 24. James Harden is third with 12, and Giannis and Russell Westbrook are tied with 8 each.

Doncic is in good company. He joins Russell Westbrook, Domantas Sabonis, and Nikola Jokic as the only players since 2000 to have a triple-double by halftime in a game. Westbrook is the only active player with two first-half triples since 1996-97.

Plus, he logged his 60th career triple-double. This moves him past Larry Bird (59) and into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list. The six-year veteran trails James Harden (74), Chamberlain (78), and Jason Kidd (107).

In a recent game, Doncic recorded the first 25-point first-half triple-double in NBA history. It was his 60th career triple-double in only his 349th regular-season game. Bird, for comparison, played 897.

Doncic was quoted as saying, “Pretty amazing. I don’t know what to say, honestly. We all know who Larry Bird was, so it’s pretty special.”

Over the last five seasons, Doncic (33) has the most 30-point triple-doubles. He’s followed by Jokic (24), Harden (10), Giannis Antetokounmpo (10), Westbrook (8), and LeBron James (8).

Tim Hardaway Jr. commented on Doncic’s performance, saying, “Luka set the tone with that, knocking down shot after shot after shot … after shot after shot after shot. I thought he was going to go 50-20-20.”

The Mavericks’ recent game was their highest-scoring this season. They were just two points shy of their highest-scoring game ever in regulation. Dallas led 74-51 at halftime and outscored Utah 38-23 in the final frame.

Dallas’ 52-point lead in the closing minutes was one point short of the franchise record set on Nov. 13, 2014, in a 123-70 win over Philadelphia. The Mavs shot a season-best 55.4% from the floor.

Meanwhile, it was the Jazz’s second-worst franchise loss. Their worst was a 56-point defeat to Milwaukee (158-102) on Mar. 14, 1979. Utah has the most road losses in the NBA this season with 10 in 11 games.

James Shotwell
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