Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic made sure to put on a show in front of 3,000 fans in attendance on their home floor against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. He sank the go-ahead three-pointer with 15.8 seconds left along with the game-winning three with only one-tenth of a second left in the game to lift his team over the struggling Celtics.
After the game, the 21-year-old Mavs swingman calmly answered when asked how he gets to execute in crunch time with the game on the line.
“It’s just something I’ve been doing, or tried to do,” Doncic said with a shrug to Dallas News.
Though it wasn’t pretty, the Slovenian star was just glad to have drained the crucial basket and grab the 110-107 win for his team.
“I was kind of tired, running around the whole possession,” Doncic claimed. “It got in and that’s all that matters.”
He finished the game with 31 points on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists. The Mavs have now won six of their last seven games en route to a 15-15 record for the ninth spot in the Western Conference.
Despite making the game-winning basket, Doncic admitted that not every shot will fall the way that it did against the Celtics on Tuesday night. Looking back, he previously missed a potential game-tying three against the Portland Trail Blazers back on Feb. 14 which resulted in a 121-118 loss for Dallas.
“Sometimes you’re going to miss it — like the last game against Portland,” he said via ESPN. “And sometimes you’re going to make it.”
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle then likened Doncic to a number of all-time greats after seeing how his star player carried the team on his back en route to a much-needed win.
“The wiring of Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, guys that have this laser-like focus in these situations, it’s difficult to explain how their mind and their brain works,” he said.
Tuesday night’s game definitely showed how special of a player Luka Doncic is for the Mavs. The team will definitely need him at his best if they want to overcome their slow start to the season and vie for a spot in the playoffs as the season progresses.