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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been on an absolute heater over the previous three video games, and his head coach has taken discover. 

Coming off Doncic’s 45-point, 15-assist efficiency in opposition to the Orlando Magic Monday night time, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd put Doncic in rarified air whereas talking on 97.1 The Freak’s “The Downbeat” radio present in Dallas. 

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts late within the second half as Dallas takes on the Sacramento Kings at American Airways Heart Jan. 27, 2024, in Dallas, Texas.  (Ron Jenkins/Getty Photos)

“I’ve mentioned this earlier than, and I’ll say it for so long as I’m right here. You’ll be able to’t take this man as a right,” Kidd mentioned on Tuesday. “He’s higher than Dirk [Nowitzki]. He’s within the environment of MJ [Michael Jordan], the perfect to ever do it. LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant]. 

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“So, simply to understand what this younger man is doing on the age of 24 is one thing that Dallas has by no means seen. And I’ve mentioned this internally. He’s higher than Dirk. He’s finished issues that Dirk might by no means do. And now could be the chance of getting the appropriate individuals round him to finally win a championship.”

Up to now three video games, performed over 4 days, Doncic averaged 48.6 factors, 13 assists and 9.6 rebounds, highlighted by a 73-point efficiency in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night time. 

The 73 factors tied Doncic for the fourth-highest single-game level complete in NBA historical past with Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and David Thompson. 

Luka Doncic celebrates against the Hawks

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic celebrates his shot in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks through the second half of a recreation Jan. 26, 2024, in Atlanta. Doncic had 73 factors on the night time.  (AP Photograph/Mike Stewart)

Chamberlain owns two of the highest three highest-scoring video games with 100 factors and 78 factors, and Bryant is in second place with 81 factors in a single recreation.

“He performs the sport the appropriate means,” Kidd mentioned of Doncic. “He will get double-teamed probably the most within the league, and he depends on his teammates, he trusts his teammates. So, once more, to have the ability to coach top-of-the-line gamers on the planet is an honor.”

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Whereas Doncic has been spectacular individually in his first six seasons, averaging 28.3 factors, 8.1 assists and eight.6 rebounds since coming into the league in 2018, the Mavericks have failed to succeed in the NBA Finals throughout his time within the league.  

Dallas reached the Western Convention finals through the 2021-22 season however was bounced by the Golden State Warriors in 5 video games. Final season, Dallas didn’t make the playoffs, ending eleventh within the West. 

Luka Doncic plays against Orlando

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks smiles as he walks out on the court docket earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Orlando Magic at American Airways Heart Jan. 29, 2024, in Dallas, Texas.  (Tim Heitman/Getty Photos)

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“MJ is identical means. MJ didn’t make it till his 30s. This younger man is 24 and is breaking all of the information that’s been in entrance of him,” Kidd mentioned when requested about Doncic not making the finals. 

“And he’s a winner. His final aim is to win a championship. And he’ll get there. Not simply win one, however he’ll win a number of when it’s all mentioned and finished.”

The Mavericks are 26-21 on the season.