Luka Doncic shouldn’t go out in the sad streets of Los Angeles, California on Wednesday evening after he led the Dallas Mavericks to a pivotal win in Game 5.
Doncic put on a free masterclass as he carried the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers with NBA 2K-ish numbers of 42 points, including six three-pointers, eight rebounds, and 14 assists. He had his imprint all over the game, saving the Mavericks from a third straight defeat against the confident Clippers.
Need further proof? Doncic scored or assisted in 31 of the Mavericks’ 37 field goals. How’s that? According to the Mavericks public relations team, he set a new NBA Playoffs record for the highest field goals plus assists percentage at close to 84 percent. The only other players to reach 80% ever in the postseason were LeBron James and Allen Iverson.
Luka Dončić had the highest percentage of a team’s FG + AST in @NBA postseason history with tonight’s performance.
The only other players above 80% in a playoff game were LeBron James and Allen Iverson.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) June 3, 2021
This just in: Luka Doncic is good.
After suffering back-to-back defeats at home, some observers thought that the Mavericks were doomed. But Doncic made them eat crow with his stellar Game 5 performance, which more than made up for his mediocre stint in Game 4, where he only scored 19 points on a woeful 9-of-24 shooting from the field.
The 22-year-old virtuoso from Slovenia has grown up right before our very eyes and his performances against the Clippers have been nothing but impressive. The Clippers have tried to go physical on him with a revolving door of defenders, including Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Terrence Mann, and Patrick Beverley. But so far, Doncic has found his way—with a boyish smile at that.