The Dallas Mavericks' rising star averaged a 30-point triple-double throughout November, capping the month with a 42-point showing against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The only other two players to accomplish the same feat are Oscar Robertson (five times) and Russell Westbrook (twice), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
After a quiet first half with just six points, Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds while the Mavericks dwarfed the Lakers output from the 3-point line.
The exclusive company he's joined could indicate a historic season is coming from Doncic, as Robertson and Westbrook are the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double throughout an entire campaign. He also averaged triple-doubles for the next two seasons.More news: Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori walks free from jail
And as will be a theme for the month of December, it's not going to get any easier from here.
"It's a great win that means a lot to us", Doncic said. "And then finishing at the basket, some of those shots, I thought we played good defense, he just got around us". The Mavericks improved to 12-6, which is their best start since they won an National Basketball Association title in the 2010-11 season. There's a certain responsibility you have when you get on a roll like this. "We played well. And they beat us, but we beat ourselves with the rebounding, so we know what we've got to do better".
Despite an early timeout, the Lakers still looked completely out of sorts on both ends as they could not get anything to fall while the Mavericks capitalized in transition off the former's misses.More news: Travel Woes Pile Up From Winter Storms as Thanksgiving Ends
Doncic has been even better in his second season, one year after winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
"He hit a couple of hellacious shots", Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. Just growing up, I used to watch him a lot.
"It's surprising but it's not shocking", Carlisle said. We'll see where it goes from here, but he's having a spectacular year.More news: French activists protest against Amazon in Black Friday backlash