Hours after he was named Western Conference Player of the Month for November, Luka Doncic showed why he was deserving of that recognition with yet another show versus the Pelicans in New Orleans.
Behind Doncic's big performance, the Mavericks finished their road trip with a perfect 3-0 record and have now won eight of their last nine games. Consequently, the Pelicans have lost six games in a row.
Here are the biggest takeaways from this one:
Luka Doncic does his thing
In just 28 minutes of play the reigning Rookie of the Year put up 33 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and five assists on 9-of-18 shooting.
Off his 18th rebound of the game, Doncic came down the court to do what he does best - share the rock:
Luka Doncic (33 PTS) corrals one of his career-high 18 rebounds and sets up Maxi Kleber for the @dallasmavs! #MFFL- NBA (@NBA) December 4, 2019
Watch on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/XOOgTmysqh
Even on a short night, there was no shortage of Luka highlights.
Stop it, Luka! 😤 pic.twitter.com/9XTeaJXCJP- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 4, 2019
Clean footwork from Luka! 👏#MFFL | @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/srV89hBYT9- NBA (@NBA) December 4, 2019
As a result of his stat line in this one, Doncic extended his streak of having at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to 16. That's two short of the most ever (Michael Jordan, 18) in NBA history.
Mavericks bench seals the game
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Mavericks led by nine but the bench pushed that to help the team eventually record a 21-point win.
The Mavericks outscored the Pelicans 34-22 in the fourth quarter with their reserves contributing 32 of those points. The fourth quarter surge allowed Doncic to remain on the bench for the remainder of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Seth Curry (12 points) and Maxi Kleber (8 points) were the top performers. Curry finished the game with a season-high 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point distance.
When @sdotcurry has it going like he did tonight, is there a prettier jumper in the league? 🤔#MFFL pic.twitter.com/HOHRlknKGZ- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 4, 2019
The season has been a stretch of runs for the young and talented but shorthanded Pelicans.
They began their season by winning just one of their first eight games (1-7), then they won five of their next seven (5-2) and this loss extends their current losing streak to six.
Their schedule ahead doesn't look easier. Other than a winnable game against the Detroit Pistons, four of their next five games are against teams in the playoff picture. They host the Phoenix Suns, the head on a road trip to take on the Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
In this one, Brandon Ingram was the Pelicans' leading scorer with 24 points, the fourth time in the last five games he failed to score 25 points.