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The Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving made NBA history this postseason

By meerna Jun18,2024
The Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving made NBA history this postseason

The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Boston Celtics 3-1 in the NBA Finals, but it was still a historic performance for the Mavs. Luka Doncic had one of the best statistical postseason performances of all time, and Kyrie Irving was a great second option.

Doncic and Irving have combined for 1,079 postseason points entering Game 5 on Monday night, which is the best performance by a guard duo in a playoff series in NBA history, according to ESPN. Doncic has 607 points and Irving has 472.

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Several different media personalities have called this the most talented backcourt in NBA history, and stats like these help lend credence to those claims. It’s hard to argue that they are the best since they haven’t won a championship yet, but these are two players who are unstoppable and who can get anywhere they want on the court, whenever they want. Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Lakers’ Jerry West and Gail Goodrich have had more long-term success, but Irving and Doncic have a more complete offensive skill set.

Doncic currently leads the 2024 playoffs in nearly every major statistical category: points, rebounds, assists, steals, total field goals made, 2-pointers made and attempted, 3-pointers made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, and even the most defensive win shares. Despite struggling with injuries, he has performed brilliantly throughout his history. It helps that they have played 21 games as of Monday to Boston’s 18, but Doncic has established himself as the Finals’ MVP and one of the two best players in the NBA.

Another thing of note is Doncic’s single-point postseason scoring status, which currently ranks 23rd in NBA history with 607 points. If he averages around a 30-point streak, he’ll be in the top 15, ahead of several other greats like Dirk Nowitzki in 2006, Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021, and Larry Bird in 1984. He’d turn all of those statistical achievements into this series, however, they will return to Dallas for Game 6, which begins with Game 5 on Monday night.

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