Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic notched a triple-double against the Chicago Bulls but he was not happy at all with his performance on Sunday. Doncic, who had 30 points after the first half, finished the game with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists but that was not enough for the Mavericks as the Bulls claimed a 117-101 win.
It was the 29th triple-double of Doncic's career, who broke a tie with the legendary Michael Jordan to move into 15th on the NBA's all-time list. After an outstanding first half, Doncic struggled mightily with his shot in the shot and scored only six points.
The Mavericks, who were trailing 67-52 at halftime, needed a big second half from Doncic in order to have a chance of creating a big comeback against the Bulls. "The second half, I played terrible," Doncic said after the game, as quoted on ESPN.
"That's on me, that game. I was being selfish a little bit because I had 30 points in the first half. That wasn't me in the second half. I've got to do way better in the second half. That's just on me. I've got to do way better."
Doncic was not the only Maverick disappointed with his performance
Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis had a near double-double as he scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a loss to the Bulls. After the game, Porzingis acknowledged that the Mavericks as a team were disappointed with the way they performed against the Bulls.
"We were all disappointed with our performances," said Mavs big man Kristaps Porzingis, who had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. "It is what it is. He always expects greatness from himself. I'm the same way.
We have a lot of high-character guys that want to do the right thing on the court. It's a team game, so we have to find ways how to play for each other so we can feed off of each other's energy." Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged that getting a triple-double in a loss would not mean much to Doncic.
"The stats are spectacular," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I mean, 36, 16 and 15, it's phenomenal, but without a win, he won't be happy with it, either. Right now, we're entering the most difficult seven days of scheduling in Mavericks history. Individual stats are impressive, but we're in the business of trying to win games."