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Luka Doncic scores 30-plus for 9th straight game, trails only Wilt Chamberlain

The former 3rd overall pick's production is lapping present competition and recalling legends of the past.

Luka Doncic finished with 36 points in a win Monday vs. Brooklyn to break a record held by Wilt Chamberlain.

As good as Luka Doncic has been during his first four years in the NBA — a span that includes three All-NBA selections and a trip to the Western Conference finals — he might be even better now.

The former third overall pick is on a historic tear to start 2022-23, culminating (so far) in his ninth consecutive 30-point game to begin the season. His 36 points in Dallas’ 96-94 win over Brooklyn on Monday vaults him past Wilt Chamberlain’s second-best mark of eight 30-point games to start a season.

Doncic played 38 minutes and passed the 30-point mark on a step-back 3-pointer with 3 seconds left on the shot clock with 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. Overall, he shot 11 for 22 from the floor, including 5 for 9 on 3s and 9 for 12 from the free-throw line.

Chamberlain’s only competition, until Doncic, was himself; the “Stilt” holds the all-time record with 23 such performances to begin the 1962-63 campaign.

Doncic entered the night far and away the early league-leader in scoring at 36 points per game, nearly five points better than second-place Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.