Luka Doncic looked tired and lost in thought when the F-word slipped from his lips. The Dallas Mavericks basketball star quickly noticed his faux pas and interrupted his descriptions: "Oh, shit," said Doncic, the reporter immediately started laughing.
The 24-year-old announced the birth of his first child last week and now stated that he was significantly more tired than usual. But that didn't stop Doncic from immortalizing himself in the basketball history book.
In the clear 147:97 win over the Utah Jazz, the playmaker not only recorded a so-called triple-double with three double-digit statistics. Doncic even managed this with 29 points as well as ten rebounds and assists in one half. He is the first player in NBA history to achieve this with 25 points or more. "This feels breathtaking. I don't really know what to say," he said.
In the end, Doncic managed 40 points, ten rebounds and eleven assists. Because of the clear victory, the star player was spared early on. With his 60th triple-double, Doncic also passed basketball legend Larry Bird (59), who turned 67 this Thursday. "Everyone knows who Larry Bird is. That's why this is very special," Doncic said. He needed less than half the number of NBA games (349) to achieve his triple-double than Bird (897), who played for the Boston Celtics between 1979 and 1992.