NBA Daily Notes: Luka, Bane, and Warriors’ Strength in Numbers

Luka Doncic got everything he wanted in his triple-double masterpiece against Brooklyn.

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Luka’s Triple-Dub and other takeaways (October 28)

  • It was another masterpiece of a performance for Luka Doncic, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 129-125 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets. With 41 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists, Luka recorded his first triple-double this season (also his 47th triple-dub of his young career). An interesting Luka stat to keep track of is his improved efficiency from the free-throw line — he’s hitting 86.1% of his 9.0 FT attempts this season. His struggles from the charity stripe are widely-documented, so this is a welcome sight for the Mavericks, albeit the small sample size.
  • Through five games, Nets superstars Kevin Durant (33.2 points) and Kyrie Irving (29.6 points) are doing everything they could on offense. But they’re still holding a 1-4 record, mainly due to their lethargic defense. Brooklyn is currently ranked dead last in defensive rating (120.7), and it doesn’t help that Ben Simmons isn’t the same versatile defender as he once was when he made the All-Defensive First Team in 2020 and 2021.
  • The Miami Heat tried to match shot for shot, but there’s no stopping Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors today. In the Dubs’ 123-110 win, the team got complete contributions across the roster; Curry led the way in scoring (33 points on seven treys), Andrew Wiggins hustled on the boards (18 points and 10 rebounds), and Jordan Poole showcased his playmaking (seven assists in just 21 minutes). Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and James Wiseman also contributed double digits in the scoring column.
  • Desmond Bane is still simmering. The Memphis Grizzlies’ third-year guard led the way in the team’s 125-110 win over the Sacramento Kings, as he scored a game-high 31 points while only missing two of his eight tries from three-point territory. People were worried about the Grizzlies’ lack of roster additions or Jaren Jackson Jr’s prolonged absence due to injury, but the continuous growth of the Bane-Morant backcourt may be enough for them to rack up the wins in the regular season.

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