Luka Doncic had another game-winning performance over Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics, and he liked that it came in front of fans.
On Tuesday night, Doncic again proved to everybody why he is worthy of being an All-Star starter.
With the game tied and less than 2 seconds to go, Doncic hit a step-back over two Celtics players to win the game for Dallas. For a 21-year-old to show such calm and composure in such a high-intensity match is only commendable.
His 31 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists performance helped the Mavericks pull a 110-107 win over the 17-time NBA champions. In the postgame interview, former legend Dwyane Wade asked Doncic to enumerate the benefits of playing the game at his own pace. To this Doncic smartly explained:
“For me sometimes, it’s like playing chess. You got to take your time and see the moves. But you know, obviously, I’m not the fastest guy out there. So, maybe that’s why I play at my own pace. But, you got to just see what the defense is doing and find the best shot.”
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‘It’s obviously better to win games like these in front of the fans’: Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is no stranger to hitting game-winning shots. He has been upsetting teams in the finals minutes of games, ever since he joined the league as a 19-year-old. This season too, Luka has put on a spectacular show, averaging 28.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game.
The last season in the NBA Bubble, Doncic hit an iconic game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer against the Clippers during the first round of the playoffs. Obviously, there were no fans allowed for that game.
Today, however, fans were allowed inside Dallas’ American Airlines Center. When Doncic was asked how it felt hitting a game-winner shot in front of the fans, he said:
“Obviously it was better now (against Celtics) with fans. Right after the game, I just said ‘imagine if the whole crowd was there, it would be an even better feeling’. Today there were a couple of fans and thank you, everybody, for coming. It feels better having a couple of fans.”
LUKA CALLED GAME 😱 pic.twitter.com/XDWpogxG4y
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 24, 2021
Obviously, the Mavericks have not been performing well as a unit, having a 15-15 record, and they wouldn’t be satisfied with the place they are at now. Luckily for the Mavericks, only half of the 72 games season is over, which means the Mavericks have adequate time to turn things around in their favour.