On a special day for the Dallas Mavericks' 20-year old guard, the Sacramento Kings play spoiler.
The Kings raced out to a 20-point half-time lead, before the Mavs made a game of it with a strong second half, but they fell just short, ending their five-game win streak.
Although Doncic went on to make history, the Mavericks suffered their second home loss in the past month.
Here's a look at the biggest takeaways from this entertaining game:
Luka eclipses MJ
When he knocked down a 3-pointer at 2:48 mark of the third quarter, Luka Doncic recorded his 19th consecutive game of at least 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists.
Luka Doncic has 19 straight games with at least 20 Pts, 5 Reb and 5 Ast, passing Michael Jordan for the longest streak since the ABA-NBA merger 💪 (via @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/0XmdCtQ5DE- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2019
In 35 minutes in this game, he finished with 27 points (10-24 FG's), eight assists, and seven rebounds on a rough shooting night by his standards.
During his streak, Doncic has averaged 31.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.7 assists, with the Mavs going 13-6 over that period.
The late no-call
Very early in the third quarter, at the 10:49 mark, the Mavericks trailed by their largest margin of 24 (73-49).
From then on, the Mavs began their fight back. The rest of the third quarter, they outscored the Kings 29-19, bringing the deficit down to as little as two points with 33.8 seconds left in the game.
After the Kings missed their shot at extending the lead on the ensuing possession, the Mavs had a chance to tie things up (with 13.4 seconds remaining) and maybe even take a lead but Doncic, off a spin move, missed the floater on his drive.
The reigning Rookie of the Year was arguing with the referee that he was fouled.
This was the no-call on Luka Doncic's last drive. Doncic was griping all night and got T'd up in the first quarter. Refs did him no favors with the game on the line. https://t.co/LqQw48rAsQ- Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 9, 2019
DOncic told reporters post-game that he just needed to move on to the next play.
Luka Doncic acknowledges that he's often too animated with officials. "Sometimes I've got to calm down and just go to the next play," he said. pic.twitter.com/t0gYoYmorM- Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 9, 2019
Kings finally win a close game on the road
Following this game, the Kings have played 13 games on the road, of which they have only won four.
Excluding this game, in their last nine road games, they had won just two, with five of their seven losses coming by a margin of five points or less. This is the team's first road win where the game's final margin is five points or less.
Nemanja Bjelica was the team's top-scorer with a season-high and tied career-high 30 points (13-18 FG's). The Serbian was a game-high +14 in his 34 minutes on the floor while also recording seven rebounds and four assists.
Ne(ᴍᴀɴ)ja of the hour 💪- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 9, 2019
No. 88 tied a CAREER-HIGH 30 PTS in the win over Dallas! ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/tVMQLg99YC
The Kings had five other players who finished with double-digit scoring, led by Buddy Hield's 26 points (10-15 FG's).
Nemanja Bjelica (30 PTS, 13-18 FGM) and Buddy Hield (26, 10-15 FGM) are the first pair of @SacramentoKings teammates to score 25+ PTS and make at least two-thirds of their FGA in a road game since Eddie Johnson & Otis Thorpe in 1987. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/xcw7fJk5y2- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 9, 2019
Courtesy of the win, the Kings snap a four-game road losing streak. They move on to play Houston in the second game of a back-to-back.