Luka Doncic first with 6 straight 30-point triple-doubles

Luka Doncic became the first NBA player to record six consecutive 30-point triple-doubles as the Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the second half and defeat the Detroit Pistons 142-124 on Saturday night.

Doncic concluded with 39 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, eclipsing Russell Westbrook’s mark of five straight 30-point triple-doubles. He also extended his own record with a fifth consecutive 35-point triple-double.

“That just shows what level he’s playing on right now,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “He knows he can score the ball, and he’s also able to find his teammates, and lastly, he’s able to rebound the ball.”

Kyrie Irving added 21 points for Dallas, which has won two in a row after a three-game losing streak.

Cade Cunningham had 33 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 10 of 12. Simone Fontecchio added a career-high 27 points.

The Mavericks led 69-65 at halftime, helped by 21 points from Doncic in the second quarter.

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Doncic had 10 more points in the third, and Dallas moved out to a 104-88 lead after Michigan star Tim Hardaway Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:16 of the period — the last, a buzzer-beater.

“It’s huge for us when [Hardaway] can come in and hit 3-pointers like that,” Kidd said. “Not only did he make four, he had two chances at a four-point play.”

The Mavericks outscored the Pistons 7-0 in the first minute of the fourth, extending their lead to 23 points.

The game got scrappy down the stretch.

With 9:07 left, Stanley Umude was whistled for a flagrant foul for hitting Hardaway in the head. Then, with 7:03 left, Jalen Duren fouled Mavericks center Daniel Gafford hard as he went to the basket on what would have been Doncic’s 10th assist. P.J. Washington lightly pushed Duren away from Gafford, who was on the floor, and Duren responded with a much harder shove, bringing all 10 players into the scrum.

Duren was ejected after receiving a personal foul and two technicals. Washington also received a technical.

“It’s a hard foul, but that’s basketball,” Gafford said. “I don’t hold that against anyone.”

Doncic collected his 10th assist less than a minute later, throwing an alley-oop to Gafford to put the Mavericks up 25. Doncic checked out with 3:14 left in the game after grabbing his 10th rebound to clinch the triple-double.

He is the fourth player with 10 35-point triple-doubles in a season, joining Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Oscar Robertson, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Cunningham battled Doncic fairly evenly in the first half, posting 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Meanwhile, Dallas turned eight turnovers by the Pistons into 18 points.

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