The Dallas Mavericks are currently sitting in fourth in the Western Conference but had entered their game against the Utah Jazz on a two-game losing streak and 2-5 over their last seven games. They needed to make a statement against the Utah Jazz and boy… did they. They absolutely trounced the Jazz 147-97
The Mavericks became the second team this season to win by at least 50 points this season after the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 155-104 and they did it behind a triple-double from Luka Doncic. The Slovenian superstar had 40 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while shooting 14 of 25 from the floor and 6 of 12 from the three-point line. Even more impressive was that he had his triple-double complete by halftime and only played in three quarters.
His performance was so dominant that Kris Dunn lost his mind after being on the receiving end of Luka’s offensive onslaught.
What’s interesting to note, too, is that Doncic seems to really love winning by 50 or more. The victory over the Jazz was his fourth career 50+ point win in the regular season for his career and his statline improved in every single game. Here’s a look at the three other big wins he was part of.
- 13 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block vs. Utah Jazz November 14, 2018.
- 24 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal vs. LA Clippers December 27, 2020.
- 39 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one block vs. Portland Trail Blazers April 8, 2022.
The Mavericks have won by 50 or more five times in the last 10 years, which leads the league. The Celtics are second with three of those wins and the Golden State Warriors are second with two. Six other teams have done it once in that span.
We’re only a quarter into the season so we may see more of these big deficits. That wouldn’t be surprising considering the way teams are scoring now. It wouldn’t even be surprising if Doncic does it again this season. The Jazz will be hoping that he doesn’t do it to them again in one of their three remaining games for this season, since that would make it the third time Doncic has embarrassed them in his career.