You’re not supposed to be doing this at 21 years of age.
Luka Doncic just produced an iconic playoff performance to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 135-133 overtime win against the LA Clippers that squared their first round series at 2-2.
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Doncic, playing with an injured ankle and without centre Kristaps Porzinigis, had 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists to upset one of the favourites for the championship despite Lou Williams’ 36 points and Kawhi Leonard’s 32.
Doncic saved his best for last. Down 130-128 with a minute to play in overtime, he made a seven-footer, rebounded Kawhi Leonard’s miss and then scored on a lay-up to make it 132-130 Dallas with 19 seconds left.
But Marcus Morris hit a three-pointer with nine seconds on the clock to put the Clippers back in front 133-132, giving the Mavs one last chance to win the game.
Enter Luka. The Slovenian superstar hit a step back three on the buzzer, igniting wild celebrations on the court and later in the locker room.
Luka Doncic celebrates with teammates after making a game-winning 3-point basket. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
The NBA was in awe. “He sees the game in 6G, it’s not 5G, it’s 6G,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s another level beyond what most people see it. Just a very very special player. This game today was from another planet.”
“I’ve seen every great player of the last 60 years,” longtime NBA scribe Bob Ryan said. “Luka Doncic takes my breath away.”
“In all seriousness what Luka did today would be considered remarkable anytime anywhere, but add in the context that it looked like he could barely walk less than 48 hours ago and it is something I’m not going to soon forget,” added Rob Perez on Twitter.
Doncic’s matchwinner sealed an incredible comeback. At one stage during the second quarter the Mavs were down by 22 points, trailing 54-32.
BANG BANG!! In my *Mike Breen voice
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SIXERS IMPLODE, EMBIID PONDERS UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Philadelphia forward Tobias Harris suffered a laceration over his left eye in a frightening fall and Joel Embiid is considering the future after the 76ers’ season-ending NBA playoff loss to the Boston Celtics.
Harris was battling for the ball under the basket when his legs were swept from under him and he fell hard, hitting his head on the court before walking off the court holding a towel to his left eye and temple.
The 76ers had the deficit at just two points before Harris departed late in the third period, but Boston closed the quarter on a 12-0 scoring run on the way to a 110-106 victory and 4-0 sweep in the best-of-seven series.
Responding to questions about what’s next for Philadelphia, All-Star centre Embiid said: “I don’t make the decisions. I’m here in Philly. Whatever happens, happens.
“I’ve always said that I want to end my career here and if it happens, good. If it doesn’t happen, well, you move on and all that stuff.”
After being stitched and bandaged up and evaluated for concussion, Harris returned to the contest, finishing with 20 points in the game.
“I’m still in some pain with it,” Harris said after the game. “It was a hard fall for sure.
“Obviously got stitched up here, and my ribs were kind of affected.
“The big thing is kind of how I’m going to be feeling tomorrow morning. I’m hoping and praying for the best.”
Sixers coach Brett Brown said he wasn’t surprised to see a hurting Harris return for the do-or-die game and feels like his injury changed the course of the game.
“I feel like the game flipped when Tobias went out,” Brown said. “It was a two-point game, three-point game at that stage. Up until that moment, I felt pretty good about what we were doing.”
Embiid, desperate to avoid being swept, finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Philadelphia.
Six 76ers players scored in double figures but the absence of injured Ben Simmons was a glaring problem for Philadelphia defensively and it was the Celtics who advanced to a second-round clash with either the defending champions Toronto Raptors or Brooklyn Nets.
Embiid will wait to weight up his next move.Source:Getty Images
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