Luka Doncic Sets Record as Youngest Player to Hit 1000 Three Pointers

‣ Luka Doncic became the youngest player to reach 1000-career three pointers, achieving this milestone at 24 years and 286 days old.
‣ Despite several injuries within the team, the Mavericks secured their third consecutive victory, with significant contributions from Jaden Hardy and Dante Exum.
‣ Portland coach Chauncey Billups praised Doncic as the most difficult player to game-plan against for a defense.

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Luka Doncic is on a roll, folks. This Slovenian sensation just racked up a whopping 35 points, leading the Mavericks to a 120-133 triumph over the Grizzlies. It was a Monday night to remember.

He didn’t stop there. The young gun made 5 out of 10 attempts from beyond the arc. With that, he’s now the youngest player to ever notch up 1000-career three pointers. Talk about setting records!

How old is he, you ask? Well, Doncic reached this milestone at the ripe old age of 24 years, 286 days. The second-youngest player to hit this mark was Jayson Tatum from Boston, who did it at 24 years and 344 days. But, here’s a fun fact: Buddy Hield from Indiana is the player who achieved this with the fewest games (350). Luka needed just one more game.

Jason Kidd, the head coach, couldn’t hide his admiration. “When you talk about MVPs, one of the best players in the world, Luka can do that with anybody,” he said. “He displayed that this evening.”

The Mavs’ third-consecutive victory wasn’t a solo act though. Jaden Hardy scored 19 points off the bench, and Dante Exum added 16 points. This win was even more impressive considering the Mavs are dealing with a bunch of injured players, including Kyrie Irving, the squad’s second-leading scorer.

Luka, ever the team player, acknowledged the team effort post-match. “Obviously, we had a lot of people out,” he said. “I said before the game: ‘Everybody be ready.’ The trust factor was huge this game.”

Hardy had a night to remember. He hit 7 of 15 from the floor and 5 of 7 from range. He was brimming with confidence, telling the press, “When I’m out there and the ball is finding me, it’s just being ready to shoot,” he said. “I feel like if I’m open, I feel like it is going to go in every time I shoot. Just having the confidence when I’m out there.”

Over on the Memphis side, Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 41 points. Desmond Bane chipped in with 28. Vince Williams Jr. was the only other Grizzlies player who scored in double figures, with 10.

Their coach, Taylor Jenkins, admitted they struggled. “We didn’t have many guys play well tonight,” he said. “There was a portion of the game here and there. The second half a little bit better. We can just lean on Des and JJ. So we all have to keep working and play better.”

Chauncey Billups, the Portland coach, was full of praise for Doncic. After a matchup between the Mavericks and Trail Blazers, Billups called Doncic the “hardest guy” to game plan against for a defense. “He’s probably the hardest guy to game-plan for in the league because you can play him perfectly and it not matter,” he said. “He’s just that good. He really is.”

Doncic is a six-foot-seven guard with a knack for drilling step-back threes, making precise reads, and quick dribbles with no-look passes. He’s also a pro at playing out of the post and using a slow piece on drives. “He’s so big, if you blitz him, he can see over the top of it, knows where it’s coming from,” the Portland coach said. “He can do it all. But that doesn’t discourage us from trying it all.”

James Shotwell
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