If the All-Star chatter is getting to Luka Doncic, he’s certainly not showing it.
Based on his performance on Tuesday night, he’s more than earned the starting spot he was given in next month’s game.
Doncic delivered a pair of wild, heavily contested 3-pointers in the final seconds on Tuesday to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Boston Celtics 110-107 at the American Airlines Center.
“He’s just a very unique player; a very unique person,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said, via the Dallas Morning News. “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.
“But from what I’ve seen over the years, over three decades now, as the game gets tighter and the moment gets bigger, their focus is only on one thing: And that is succeeding with whatever the team needs.”
Luka buries back-to-back contested 3s
Boston rallied back from a late 11-point fourth quarter hole on Tuesday night, and had taken a one-point lead with less than 20 seconds to go. Doncic, after trying to find an avenue to the rim, instead pulled the ball back out.
Expertly, Doncic drained a dirty step-back 3-pointer over Celtics center Daniel Theis.
Then, after Jaylen Brown tied things back up with a layup on the other end, Doncic struck again.
After dribbling the ball up the court, Doncic rose up and buried the 3-pointer between a pair of Celtics to give Dallas the lead — and eventual win.
Doncic finished the night with 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while shooting 6-of-8 from behind the arc. Jalen Brunson added 22 points for Dallas off the bench, and Josh Richardson dropped 16 points. The win marks Dallas' seventh in the last nine games.
Brown led Boston with 29 points and seven rebounds, and Jayson Tatum finished with 28 points. The Celtics have now lost five of their last seven, following Sunday's overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
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