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Knicks' Quentin Grimes on Guarding Luka Dončić: 'I Promise I Was Trying for Sure'

Adam WellsDecember 28, 2022

DALLAS, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27:  Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles up court while defended by Quentin Grimes #6 of the New York Knicks in the second half at American Airlines Center on December 27, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks guard Quentin Grimes couldn't find the words to explain his defensive performance when Luka Dončić put up a triple-double with 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in Tuesday's 126-121 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Grimes did point out he was doing everything he could to try to stop the Mavs superstar.

"I promise I was trying for sure," he said. "I mean, I'm trying to get over every pick-and-roll. He's in almost every action. It was a lot on me trying to get over every pick-and-roll with him. He's crafty with the ball, without the ball. Have to know where he is at all times on the court. He's one of the top three players in the league for a reason. I have to tip my hat."

Dončić became the first player in NBA history to have a triple-double with that many points and rebounds.

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HISTORIC 🤯<br><br>Luka Doncic becomes the first player EVER to have a 60-20-10 game 👏 <a href="https://t.co/bObpP1THNL">pic.twitter.com/bObpP1THNL</a>

Adding to the historical nature of Dončić's performance, he scored or assisted on nine of the Mavs' 12 points in the final 30 seconds of regulation to erase a 112-103 deficit that forced overtime.

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NBA teams were 0-13,884 in the last 20 seasons when trailing by at least nine with 35 or fewer seconds remaining, per <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNStatsInfo</a>.<br><br>Luka Doncic and the Mavs pulled off a miracle.

Dončić also scored seven of Dallas' 11 points in overtime to give the team its fourth consecutive win.

This was Dončić's seventh game with at least 40 points this season. He only had six all of last season. The three-time All-Star is the first player to drop 60 in a game since Kyrie Irving did it on March 15.

The Mavericks needed every bit of Dončić's performance to get this win over the Knicks. They trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before going on their run in the final minute to tie the game.

Dončić played a season-high 47 minutes. His 37.0 minutes per game are tied with O.G. Anunoby and Jayson Tatum for most in the NBA.

Dallas improved its record to 19-16, sixth place in the Western Conference. Its four consecutive wins are tied for its longest streak of the season. It will attempt to extend the streak to five games Thursday at home against the Houston Rockets.

Grimes wasn't the only Knicks player who will be on the wrong end of the highlight package, but he was the primary defender on Dončić throughout the game. The 22-year-old did have a strong offensive performance with a team-high 33 points on 12-of-25 shooting.

Unfortunately, no one will remember what Grimes did because Dončić turned in one of the best games in NBA history.