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Luka Doncic put a cap on a ridiculous scoring week within the NBA towards the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening, 

Doncic grew to become the fourth participant to attain a minimum of 73 factors in an NBA recreation because the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Hawks 148-143. 

Luka Doncic, #77 of the Dallas Mavericks, reacts through the fourth quarter towards the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Enviornment on January 26, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Todd Kirkland/Getty Photographs)

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

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

“These names are particular,” Doncic mentioned. “It’s unbelievable.”

Doncic scored a Dallas-record 41 factors within the first half, and simply surpassed the franchise report of 60 factors in a single recreation. He completed the evening 25-33, together with 8-13 from the three-point line – from the sector with 10 rebounds and 7 assists. 

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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates his shot towards the Atlanta Hawks through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Friday, January 26, 2024, in Atlanta. Doncic had 73 factors on the evening.  (AP Photograph/Mike Stewart)

“The three assists are what he’s most likely serious about within the locker room to have a triple-double,” Dallas head coach Jason Kidd mentioned.

The scoring outburst from Doncic was the fourth time this week by which an NBA participant scored a minimum of 60 factors in a recreation. 

On Monday, Minnesota Timberwolves middle Karl-Anthony Cities scored a franchise-record 62 factors, whereas Philadelphia 76ers huge man Joel Embiid scored 70 factors towards the San Antonio Spurs. 

On Friday, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 62 factors in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. 

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Luka Doncic shoots a free throw

Luka Doncic, #77 of the Dallas Mavericks, shoots a free throw through the recreation towards the Atlanta Hawks on January 26, 2024, at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta, Georgia.   (Scott Cunningham/NBAE by way of Getty Photographs)

“I imply, you’ve gotten some wonderful gamers, man,” Doncic mentioned Friday when requested concerning the current run of nice scoring performances. “There’s a lot expertise within the NBA. I don’t assume there’s ever been this a lot expertise. I don’t know, as a result of I didn’t watch NBA. However you’ve gotten a lot expertise within the recreation, it’s simply insane.”

Dallas snapped a three-game shedding streak with the win and moved to 25-20 on the season. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.