Luka Doncic dismantles Warriors in only three quarters with another dazzling triple-double

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Luka Doncic has captured the attention of the NBA-watching universe — not just in a check-the-numbers kind of way, but a must-watch-his-games respect.

One game after the Mavericks guard recorded a 40-point triple-double against the Spurs, he picked apart the depleted Warriors on Wednesday night with a 35-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound performance. The 20-year-old scored 22 points in the first quarter alone — his career high for a single period.

Doncic might not be better than LeBron or Giannis at this point, though that debate will probably be had soon; however, there's a case to be made that he's the more novel draw.

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Doncic won Rookie of the Year honors last season, but he has leveled up in 2019, improving his shooting efficiency, playmaking ability and work on the boards.

Sure, his opponent Wednesday resembed a G-League unit. Golden State is without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green, but given the context of the run Doncic has been on, the performance was still special.

His early scoring barrage showed the mix of go-to moves he has at his disposal. In addition to a couple of his patented step-back 3s from the left wing, he demonstrated his explosiveness going to the rim and strong decision-making in transition.

If the Mavericks weren't up 40 in the third quarter (they wound up winning 142-94), Doncic would have had an opportunity to play more than 25 minutes (he averages 35 per game).

He still managed to check off some historic boxes. Here are some of the most notable figures from one of the best games of his early career:

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