Luka Doncic Historic Comeback, 60-Point Triple-Double Bolster MVP Case

Written By Zach Tilley on December 28, 2022
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What happened in Dallas on Tuesday night was nothing short of a miracle. Heck, one could argue that multiple miracles occurred for Luka Doncic and the Mavs, in order for them to complete a historic comeback and beat the Knicks in overtime.

Miracle No. 1 was the fact that Dallas trailed New York by 9, with 33 seconds to play in the 4th quarter. In stunning fashion, Luka and his entourage of 3-point shooters extended the game into overtime by tying it at 115, and went on to win with a final score of 126-121.

Miracle No. 2 was Luka’s final stat line itself … one that the NBA has never seen before.

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The Anatomy of the Comeback

Miles McBride tacks on a pair of free-throws to put the Knicks up 112-103, with 33.2 seconds to play in the 4th quarter. With both teams coming off Christmas Day games, the Knicks have over a 99% win probability at this point in the game. Then, this sequence transpires:

  • Christian Wood drains a high arching 28-foot three point jumper (Knicks lead 112-106)
  • Luka ties up Quentin Grimes, forces a jump ball and wins possession
  • Luka rebounds a missed three by Tim Hardaway Jr. and connects on the put back PLUS a foul
  • Luka makes free throw to complete 3-point play (Knicks lead 112-109)

After McBride splits a pair, Spencer Dinwiddie amazingly cuts the lead to one:

Miles McBride is fouled and again goes to the free throw line for the Knicks. He makes both to keep the Knicks up three. The Knicks then intentionally foul with 4 seconds left to try and preserve their three point lead. Luka attempts to continue his magical night, by making the first free throw and missing the second in hopes of gaining an offensive rebound. Enjoy the highlight and celebration:

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Luka’s Numbers

Luka Doncic has become one of the most notable stat stuffers in NBA history, but this holiday performance re-wrote the record books.

  • 60 points
    • 21-31 FG (2-6 3PT)
    • 16-22 FT
  • 21 rebounds (16 defensive, 5 offensive)
  • 10 assists
  • 2 steals
  • 1 block

Luka’s MVP Odds & Mavericks Futures

After the historic comeback for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, they now sit at 19-16, good for 6th place in the Western Conference. As Luka continues to carry this team, check out his current MVP odds and how the Mavericks futures are looking at this point:

The Dallas Mavericks also are currently to reach the playoffs. Their season win total number sits at .

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