Luka Doncic Scores 64 in Game, Second Only to Michael Jordan

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic achieved a career-high game score of 64, the second highest in NBA history, only behind Michael Jordan’s 64.6 game score in 1990.
‣ Doncic scored a career-high 73 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, tying with Wilt Chamberlain and David Thompson for the fourth-highest scoring game in NBA history.
‣ Doncic also broke Dirk Nowitzki’s franchise record for points in a half, scoring 41 points at halftime. He is one of only two players in the Basketball-Reference database (since 1996-97) to record a 41-5-4 stat line or better in a single half.

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Luka Doncic, the star of the Dallas Mavericks, had a career-best game. He scored a whopping 64 points, a record only surpassed by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in 1990. This happened during a thrilling 148-143 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Jordan’s game score of 64.6 remains the highest among all NBA players. This legendary score was achieved during a 117-113 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The date? March 28, 1990.

Kobe Bryant trails behind with a 63.5 game score, making him third on the all-time list. Following him are Joel Embiid (62.5), Donovan Mitchell (60.8), Karl Malone (60.2), and Damian Lillard (57.6), among others.

“Luka Dončić just posted a Game Score of 64.0!” tweeted Basketball Reference. “That is the 2nd highest score in our database, behind only Michael Jordan in 1990 ”

Game score and player efficiency rating (PER) are similar, but the former is easier to calculate. It’s all about the individual performance of a player in a single game.

There are many NBA metrics used to calculate the game score. These include personal fouls, points, assists, field goals, steals, blocks, rebounds, free throws, free throw attempts, turnovers, and more. Each statistic carries a certain weightage.

Let’s rewind to March 28, 1990. Jordan scored a career-best 69 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block, two turnovers, and five fouls in 50 minutes of action. He finished 23-of-37 (62.2%) shooting from the field, 2-of-6 (33.3%) beyond the arc, and 21-of-23 (91.3%) at the foul line.

Fast forward to the Dallas Mavericks’ recent win against the Hawks. Doncic scored a career-high 73 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four turnovers, and one foul in 45 minutes. He shot 25-of-33 (75.8%) from the floor, 8-of-13 (61.5%) from 3-point range, and 15-of-16 (93.8%) at the line.

This feat ties Doncic with Wilt Chamberlain and David Thompson for the fourth-highest scoring game in NBA history. Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks (March 2, 1962) and 78 points versus the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 8, 1961). Bryant ranks third with his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors (Jan. 22, 2006).

“Those names are special,” Doncic said. “It’s unbelievable.”

The NBA tweeted, “HISTORIC 73-POINT NIGHT FROM LUKA DONCIC 73 PTS 25/33 FGM (75.8%) 15/16 FTM 8 3PM. He becomes the 4th player in NBA history to score 73+ points and the first ever to score 70+ on 75% or higher from the field.”

Doncic broke Dirk Nowitzki’s franchise record for points in a half, finishing with 41 points at halftime. He had 57 by the end of the third quarter. The six-year veteran joined Cleveland’s Mitchell as the only players in the Basketball-Reference database (since 1996-97) to record a 41-5-4 stat line or better in a single half.

Doncic also became the fifth NBA player with at least 70 points and 10 rebounds in a game. He’s in good company, joining Chamberlain (six times), Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, and Embiid, who just accomplished this feat on Monday.

The NBA betting sites have Doncic with the fourth-best odds to win MVP this season. However, sportsbooks are showing better odds for Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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