Luka Doncic scored 35 points, including a crucial three-pointer with just 30 seconds left, to give Dallas Mavericks victory over the LA Clippers.
After dropping the game-winning basket, the Slovenian star was so excited that he accidentally celebrated by “hushing” his Mavericks home crowd.
Doncic said after the game, “I wanted to celebrate.” “I don’t want to silence our fans so I don’t understand why I did that.”
Although it was not his greatest celebration, his performance is worth mentioning. “Luka Magic” had 11 rebounds and five assists, as well as three steals. He also made all 11 of his free throws.
The 23-year-old’s heroism saved the Mavericks from losing a game they had led almost the entire game.
The Mavericks held a 15-point lead in the first quarter against a Clippers team that was injured, including Kawhi Leonard, who is still recovering from a knee injury. Doncic’s dominance of the paint and Dorian Finney Smith’s – who finished with 21 points on 7-13 shots from the three-point line– danger from deep gave the home team an impressive 54-32 halftime advantage.
The Clippers responded. John Wall, who ended with 17 points and six boards, opened the second half. He helped to spark a comeback. The Clippers took a 30-point lead with just eight minutes left and jumped out to a five-point lead. This was in addition to Paul George, who finished with 23 points.
Reggie Bullock, who scored all four triples in the last quarter, inspired the Mavericks to bring the game within one point before Doncic took over.
Doncic grabbed a loose ball with 30 seconds remaining and under pressure, he drained a fadeaway triple of 29 feet to give the Mavericks a lead of 102-98.
Batum moved up the other end, drawing a foul and scoring his first free throw. He missed the second one on purpose but couldn’t get the rebound, as the Mavericks won the game. They are now 8-5.
After the game, Jason Kidd, Mavericks coach, said that they were giving up many big leads just as we drew it up.
“That was the third quarter. We missed some shots, and we didn’t defend. Credit to the Clippers. The Clippers came out in the second period and put a lot of pressure on us. The group was able to handle the situation with grace even though things weren’t going their way. We didn’t fall apart. We just kept our heads together and found a way.
The Sacramento Kings won a remarkable victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 153 to 121. This was their fourth consecutive win.
Terrence Davis scored 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds off the bench, and starters Domantis Sabonis Harrison Barnes, De’Aaron Fox, and De’Aaron Fox all reached double figures in humiliating the Nets.
Brooklyn was again without Kyrie Irving. He was then suspended by the team for sharing a link to an antisemitic documentary with his millions of followers on social media.
Kevin Durant, the Nets’ star, scored 27 points for the visitors. However, the visitors were unable to defend, allowing the most regulation points in Nets history.
Durant stated that “they made shots” as the Nets fell to 6-9 for the year. It’s very demoralizing to see other teams make shots. We didn’t fail to try. They were better than we.”