The NBA world was stunned when it saw Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic’s stat line after a thrilling overtime game against the New York Knicks that resulted in a win for Dallas.
Doncic scored 60 points, including the game-tying stunt shot to send it into overtime, with 21 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double to look like this on the scoreboard. He shot 21 of 31 from the field, registering two steals and a block in the win.
However, the stat line didn’t really impress a radio personality.
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Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo dismissed the idea that Doncic’s performance was the greatest single performance of all time, and had a few examples to back up his argument.
“I know you want me to go out there and find other games, and I’ll try to find a couple for you guys. But listen, he only made 31 shots,” he said on ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday morning. “He only hit two triples. He made a great basket at the end of the rebound.
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“But listen, it’s not the 100 point game that Wilt [Chamberlain] he had in ’62 when he scored 100 against the Knicks, 28-for-32 on the line. I think it was 63 that Elgin [Baylor] he had against the Knicks that same year. [Jerry] West had 63 a year against the Knicks.”
Russo did not finish during the segment. He went on to rattle off performances that he considered better than Doncic’s.
“What if [Larry] Bird, friend? He had 60 against the Hawks. The game was in New Orleans at a neutral site. He scored 32 points in 14 minutes.
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“There’s nobody else in Dallas who can score besides Doncic. But listen, I’m not going to go crazy. I’d like to go crazy. But what about the Knicks? Here’s a stat. You know that, over the last 30,887 NBA games, and this is from Colin Russo, my little boy of 20. Did you know there’s never been a team that blew a nine-point lead with 35 seconds or less to go in a game?
“Let’s not forget” Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006, Russo added.
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Regardless of Russo’s opinion, Doncic’s performance goes down in Mavericks history as the highest-scoring game by any player.