Luka Doncic's performance against the Houston Rockets was "a great Christmas gift", according to Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd.
The impressive Slovenian was in the mood on Friday as the Mavericks beat their struggling opponents 112-106, with Doncic finishing on 50 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds at Toyota Center.
It was the second time the 23-year-old has scored 50 in a game, tying another European and Dallas great Dirk Nowitzki in achieving such a feat.
Speaking after the win that gave his team a 17-16 record, Kidd said Doncic's showing was "a great Christmas gift on a long road trip".
He added: "Luka is Luka. He's the best player in the world. He showed that tonight, carrying the load offensively... I don't know what else to say about him. He was incredible tonight."
It was also the fifth time Doncic has scored 45 or more points in a game, putting him ahead of former Maverick Mark Aguirre (four) for the most the team's history.
Doncic dominated the game, with no other Dallas player scoring more than 11, while Jabari Smith Jr top-scored for Houston with 24.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas praised his team's defense, but added they had to deal with "just too much Luka".
He added: "I'm not sure that he made an easy shot. We made every shot hard, and that's the greatness of a great player... That's what Luka does."
Luka Dončić had 50 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists tonight.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) December 24, 2022
Dončić joins Dirk Nowitzki (2) as the only Mavs to record multiple 50-point games.
Tonight was also his 5th game with 45+ points, breaking a tie with Mark Aguirre (4) for the most 45-point games in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/jj8dgkTH0s