At just 21, Mavericks player Luka Doncic outscored legendary Michael Jordan in career triple-doubles on Sunday in Dallas.
Symbolically, Doncic succeeded in this feat of arms in a meeting against the Chicago Bulls, who nevertheless triumphed at 117 to 101, in Texas.
The Slovenian was once again dominant with a performance of 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists. He achieved his 29th career triple-double, joining Grant Hill in 15th place in history.
Doncic tied Jordan with 28 triple-doubles on Friday in a 112-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He should logically soon climb to 11th, currently occupied by Bob Cousy, with 33. Oscar Robertson (181) is the all-time leader.
The Bulls won in Texas in particular by virtue of a harvest of 40 points in the second quarter. From the moment he entered the game, Garrett Temple made his presence felt. He collected 15 points during this decisive engagement. In 28:46 of play, he totaled 21 points.
Lauri Markkanen was also effective for the Illinois organization with 29 points and 10 rebounds. This is his best performance of the season.
The Bulls seem to have the number of the Mavericks this season. Chicago had indeed defeated Dallas for the first time on January 3.
The Mavericks now meet the Toronto Raptors on Monday in Tampa.
The Knicks pulverize the Celtics
With 57 points in the second half, the New York Knicks humiliated the Boston Celtics 105-75 at TD Garden.
The formation of the Big Apple ended a streak of five losses, while their rivals of the day suffered a first loss in the last six outings.
Julius Randle and RJ Barrett led the charge for the winners. The first has 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. The second totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Off the bench, Immanuel Quickley also did his part with 17 points and eight assists.
In the Celtics, only one player scored more than 10 points. This is Jaylen Brown, who had 25 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Massachusetts club must manage without Jayson Tatum. The star player is in quarantine after coming into contact with a teammate who tested positive for COVID-19.
A postponed match
The NBA also announced at the end of the afternoon that the meeting between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder scheduled for the evening had been postponed in accordance with the protocol related to COVID-19.
The 76ers did not have the minimum eight players needed and available to start the game due to contact tracing.