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Luka Doncic records fifth 50-point game, joins Michael Jordan and LeBron James

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Luka Doncic logged his fifth 50-point game of his NBA career in the Dallas Mavericks’ 111-105 win over the Detroit Pistons, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to record at least that many 50-point games through their first five seasons.

In Dallas’ victory against the Pistons on Monday night, the four-time All-Star ended his performance with 53 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 37 minutes of action. He finished 17-of-24 (70.8%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-11 (45.5%) outside the arc.

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Luka Doncic recorded 24 points in the first quarter and 18 in the third. The guard’s 53-point outing matched Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki’s career-high showing on Dec. 2, 2004.

Furthermore, the Mavericks guard tied LeBron James for the second-most 50-point games in a player’s first five seasons, trailing Michael Jordan’s record of 17.

Mavericks guard Luka Doncic posts fifth 50-point game, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to record at least five through their first five seasons

Four of Doncic’s five career 50-point games were posted this season. On Dec. 27, 2022, in the Mavericks’ 126-121 win versus the New York Knicks, the three-time All-NBA member registered career highs of 60 points and 21 rebounds in 48 minutes played.

Of course, the Dallas guard became the first player in NBA history to record at least 60 points, 20 boards, and 10 assists in a single game. In the 1986-87 season, Jordan tallied eight 50-point games, two of which were 61-point efforts against the Detroit Pistons (March 4, 1987) and Atlanta Hawks (April 16).

Through 46 starts this season, Luka Doncic is averaging career highs of 33.4 points and 1.5 steals per game. Along with logging 8.9 boards and 8.3 assists per contest, Doncic is also shooting career bests of 50.1% from the field and 35.5% beyond the arc.

Additionally, the fifth-year guard leads the NBA in points (1,538) and field goals (517). Doncic also ranks second in usage percentage (38.4%), triple-doubles (10), and free throws (376).

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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