Mavs star Luka Doncic makes history in playoff debut despite early exit
According to the Mavs, Doncic became the first player to average at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first-ever playoff series.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 30, 2020
Luka Doncic finished with averages of 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists for the series. He also left a lasting impression, fighting through an ankle injury and the absence of Kristaps Porzingis to keep Dallas alive.
Doncic’s performance in Game 4 is likely to be remembered as one of the standout individual games of the year.
The 21-year-old suffered and ankle sprain in Game 3, and it was unknown whether he would be able to lace up the sneakers for the Mavs facing a 1-2 deficit. The Clippers almost certainly would have taken a commanding 3-1 lead had the Slovenian youngster sat.
Instead, Luka came up with some astounding heroics. He scored 43 points while also adding 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Doncic made big plays down the stretch and continued scoring in overtime, finally cementing the contest as one of the game’s of the year with an astonishing buzzer-beater to tie the series.
Doncic struggled in Game 5, but he nearly brought the Mavs back to the brink in Game 6. Unfortunately for fans, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard proved to be too much.
Still, Dallas has reason to feel confident about its future.
The Mavs won 10 more games during the regular season despite playing seven fewer total contests, and Doncic had one of the best sophomore seasons of any player in history.
Although this year might have ended with a first-round exit, Dallas figures to loom large in the playoff picture for years to come.