We may have a new MVP favorite, and his name is Luka Doncic.
Doncic exploded for a massive triple-double with 41 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Brooklyn Nets 129-125 in overtime on Friday (all times AEDT).
The Mavericks had the upper hand for most of the contest behind Doncic’s crazy play that Brooklyn had no answer for.
Doncic recorded the 47th regular-season triple-double of his career and became the 10th player in NBA history with three or more triple-doubles of 40 points.
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He made 14 of 28 shots from the floor, made 11 of 13 free throws and had three steals.
But the Nets came back in the second half as Kyrie Irving, who finished with 39 points, put the team on his back with the help of Kevin Durant, who scored 37 points.
With 3:30 left in the game, Irving hit a monster 3-pointer to put the Nets up 110-106 and end a 7-0 Nets run.
But Doncic and the Mavericks continued to press down the stretch of regulation.
That included Doncic getting awarded for Durant’s goaltending after the Slovenian star drove to the basket with 43 seconds left that would have put Dallas up four points, but it was overturned after a review showed it was clean block from Durant.
Ben Simmons then stepped up on defense in the clutch, coming up on Doncic’s double on a potential game-winning layup, stealing the ball and dropping Durant for a dunk to send it into OT.
Simmons had seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Mavericks quickly took a 123-114 lead in overtime after a long jumper by Doncic, followed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxie Kleber and Reggie Bullock, all assisted by Doncic.
The extra period was strangely stopped after a Nets fan allegedly threw an ice cup at Doncic when the game was stopped for a few minutes to dry the floor.
Brooklyn kept trying down the stretch as Irving and Durant continued to attack, but ultimately couldn’t rebuild the deficit.
That meant the Nets fell to 1-4, continuing their sluggish start to the season, while Dallas improved to 2-2.
THUNDER HIT THE CLIPPERS AGAIN
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-110, their second win over the Clippers in less than a week.
While Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat out to lead his comeback after missing all of last season with a torn knee ligament, Los Angeles star Paul George was held to just 10 points by his former team as he played through illness.
Former Clipper Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 24 points and Lou Dort added 21 in OKC’s win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Norman Powell scored 21 points and Reggie Jackson had 18 for the Clippers, but Los Angeles lost its third straight.
As the Clippers fell to 2-3, continuing their lackluster start to the season, while the Thunder improved to 2-3.
MAVERICKS 129 NETWORKS 125
CLIPPER 110 THUNDER 118