One after the other, Luka Doncic and Donovan Mitchell turned in record book-worthy performances on the same court at Disney.
In different series. And in different fashions, too.
But the two young players have their opponents sharing a similar dilemma: How to stop them? Or at least, slow them down.
Doncic and the seventh-seeded Dallas Mavericks are tied at two games apiece with the Los Angeles Clippers heading into Game 5 on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The dynamic Doncic made sure of that with a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer in overtime Sunday to cap another triple-double. Adding even more to the intrigue was this: His step-back shot was on a left ankle so tender he was a game-time decision.
Not to be outdone in the nightcap, Mitchell erupted for 51 points in Game 4 to give the sixth-seeded Utah Jazz a 3-1 lead over Denver. It was just enough to hold off the Nuggets and Jamal Murray, who went for 50 points.
Mitchell “is playing out of this world right now,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
Both Doncic and Mitchell are accomplishing rarely seen postseason feats inside the bubble. Mitchell joined Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only NBA players to record a pair of 50 or more point games in a single postseason. The 23-year-old Mitchell also had a 57-point burst in Game 1.
At 21, Doncic put himself in a class of his own. He's the youngest NBA player with a 40-point playoff triple-double, according to the Mavericks. He finished Sunday's win with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.