Luke Doncic may have bolstered his credentials for the NBA MVP with another fine performance Saturday night in the San Francisco Giants, but the Dallas Mavericks star does not believe he is at the level of Warriors star Stephen Curry.
The 20-year-old had his ninth triple double of the season in the Mavs 141-121 victory over the Warriors without Curry. Doncic scored 31 points while claiming 12 rebounds and 15 assists.
Dallas broke a record with 24 three-pointers, with Doncic sinking five of his eight attempts – a stat that will surely impress the two-time MVP Curry, who remains out of hand with a knee injury.
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If Doncic’s form continues, he might be called the MVP himself, though the Slovenian feels that comparisons to Curry are unfair at this stage.
“It is getting better than me,” Doncic said, according to ESPN.
“He’s a better player. He’s been in the league for a long time, he’s someone that everyone is looking at, everybody wants to play like him.
“I remember last year after the plan, I used to play with him once and he was crazy, he couldn’t lose, he couldn’t lose and that was like something I will always remember, to deal with.”
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle has no doubt about the importance of Doncic, however, pointing out how he led the way on a night when the Mavericks improved to 21-10.
“Doncic was amazing tonight, absolutely amazing,” Carlisle said.
“[He had] a triple double triple in three quarters and it really made it look easy.
“This is a wonderful show and it set the table for all those out there.”
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