Mavs defeat Hornets 130-104 to secure a postseason berth thanks to 39 points from triple-double maker Luka Doncic.

CHARLOTTE – Led by 39 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists from Luka Doncic, the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 130-104 on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to 17 games.

 

Later on Tuesday, after Phoenix was defeated by the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas ensured a berth in the Western Conference’s top six. It’s expected that the Mavs (49-30) will finish as the fifth seed.

The NBA’s top scorer, Nikola Jokić, led the Mavericks to a 36–14 advantage after the first quarter with 21 points and five 3-pointers made. For his 21st triple-double of the year and 77th career, he completed 8 of 17 from beyond the arc, tying James Harden for eighth place all-time. Along with that, he broke Mark Aguirre’s 1983–84 mark of 2,330 points in a season to set a new record for the Mavericks club.

It has great meaning,” Doncic remarked. “I was drafted by this franchise, and they provided me with the keys.” I’m just happy to be here.

 

Doncic scores 33.9 points per game on average.

 

“What Luka has accomplished is amazing,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd remarked. “He intends to completely alter the NBA and Mavericks record books. It’s amazing that he passed Mark considering how legendary Mark is to the Mavs. It displays Luka’s accomplishments and his annual improvement.”

For Dallas, Kyrie Irving added 18 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in addition to Daniel Gafford’s 26 points, who finished 12 of 12 from the field.

 

The Hornets concluded an eight-game homestand that lasted the entirety of the franchise with a 2–6 record, led by 22 points from Miles Bridges and 21 from Brandon Miller.

 

Doncic ruled the opening quarter before Irving took over, giving Dallas a 22-point advantage at the break.

 

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