Luka Doncic’s latest 40-point triple-double leads Mavs past Warriors

DALLAS — The complete list of 40-point triple-doubles in the NBA this season: Luka Doncic 3, rest of the league 0.

“It’s going to be boring,” Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said after Doncic’s 41-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist performance in Tuesday’s 116-113 win over the Golden State Warriors. “I mean, let’s see something else. Maybe do it with his left hand. I’m just kidding.

“Look, he’s one of the best in the world and that’s what he does. Some of us can take him for granted. The man is special.”

Dallas desperately needed a special performance from Doncic on Tuesday. The Mavericks had lost their previous four games and five of their last six to fall a game below .500 before hosting the defending champion Warriors, who eliminated Dallas in the Western Conference finals last season.

Doncic, the NBA’s leading scorer, was dominant throughout the game as he posted his league-high fifth triple-double of the season and 51st of his career. It was the fifth 40-point triple-double of his career, trailing only Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“His size and his ball handling skills keep you on edge the whole game, [and] that plus he’s a three-level scorer, you have to worry about everything,” said Warriors star Stephen Curry, who had 32 points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss. “Then obviously his court vision is unreal. It’s an offensive package of being a playmaker and a scorer, and when he knocks down shots like he did tonight, it’s difficult. You want to take something away from him, but he can make play after play.”

The Mavs built a 17-point lead in the first quarter as Doncic scored 11 points, but had to trail in the fourth. Golden State took the lead by one run after Dallas guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the only other proven ball-handler on the Mavs’ active roster with new addition Kemba Walker, who looked in street clothes, was ejected from the game with 10:52 left for foul of a flagrant 2nd foul for elbowing Warriors guard Jordan Poole.

Kidd called timeout with 9:46 left to get Doncic back in the game a few minutes earlier than he usually returns after his rest at the start of the fourth quarter. He had nine points and three assists down the stretch, feeding teammates with go-ahead shots on all three occasions. And Doncic was especially proud that he had three of his four steals in the fourth quarter, as well as a blocked shot on a Curry layup attempt.

“I just went in and gave it everything I got,” said Doncic, who was 14-of-27 from the floor. “I was really tired at the end, but we needed this game. I think we deserved this win and we definitely needed this win.”

Curry had a chance to tie or take the lead, but was called for a traveling violation while trying to set up a 3 with 10.1 seconds left. He said he didn’t think it was a trip, but Curry criticized himself for making a “stupid play” by not driving for a layup and attempting a “hero shot.”

After Dallas forward Dorian Finney-Smith made one of two free throws with 4.4 left, Golden State had an opportunity to send the game into overtime. A beautifully designed out-of-bounds play resulted in a wide-open 3-point look for Klay Thompson from the left wing, but the ball bounced out, punctuating an off night for Thompson (five points, 2-of-9 shooting) and sealing Mavs’ win.

“I was scared, I’m not going to lie. It’s Klay,” Doncic said. “He’s not going to miss a lot of open shots. I was really happy when it didn’t go in.”

ESPN’s Kendra Andrews contributed to this report.

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