– Luka Doncic scored 44 points on 80% shooting, becoming the first Mavs player to achieve this
– The Mavericks have short odds to win the 2024 championship, but other teams have better odds
– Doncic’s career scoring average against the Clippers is 33.2 points per game, only behind Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan
Luka Doncic made Dallas Mavericks history by scoring 44 points in a single game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Not only did he score 44 points, but Doncic also recorded six rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 32 minutes of action. The four-time All-Star also shot 17-of-21 (81%) from the floor, 6-of-9 (66.7%) beyond the arc, and made all four free throw attempts.
In addition to his impressive performance against the Clippers, Doncic has proven to be a formidable opponent for the team. His 44 points raised his career scoring average against the Clippers to 33.2 points per game, including playoffs. This places him behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan in terms of the most points averaged against a single opponent.
The victory over the Clippers also featured a strong showing from Kyrie Irving, who contributed 27 points and played a significant role in the win. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd praised both Doncic and Irving for setting the tone for the game.
With figures like these, it’s no wonder that NBA sportsbooks are giving Luka Doncic second-best odds to win MVP this season behind only Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic, the 2023 Finals MVP. After his monumental performance against the Clippers, many are wondering if Doncic will break any of his own records this season.