The stars came out Sunday night. Many of them, however, were just reacting to Luka Doncic’s game-winning 3-pointer in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Damian Lillard, and many more posted their reactions on social media right after Doncic’s deep 3-pointer sealed the Mavericks’ 135-133 win to even the series at two games apiece. The best reaction, however, may have come from Doncic’s mother, Mirjam Poterbin.
Luka Doncic injured in Game 3 but toughed it out in Game 4
During his team’s loss Friday to the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic rolled his ankle and hobbled his way to the locker room. Doncic briefly returned to action, but clearly was in pain and was forced to return to the bench. He never returned.
On Sunday, the Mavericks were faced with as close to a must-win game as possible, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series to the second-seeded Clippers. The seventh-seeded Mavericks, who won Game 1 before dropping the next two, couldn’t afford to be down 3-1.
Although his teammate, Kristaps Porzingis, was a late scratch for Game 4 Sunday because of a sore knee, Doncic toughed it out. The 6-foot-7 point guard was tremendous. He battled through his injury to the tune of 43 points, 13 assists, and 17 points as the Mavericks evened the series as two games apiece.
Doncic drains game-winning 3-pointer
Luka Doncic wasn’t even sure if he would be able to play in Sunday’s pivotal Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers after having badly twisted his ankle in Friday’s Game 3. The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t afford to get down 3-1 and Doncic, being the ultimate competitor, suited up and played. The Mavs were already short-handed after a late scratch by Kristaps Porzingis.
The Mavericks were down by 21 points in the first half. The Mavs’ young star wouldn’t give in, even on a gimpy and painful ankle. Doncic responded with a 43-point effort. It was no ordinary 43-point effort, either. Doncic’s 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists were historical. According to ESPN, Doncic became the youngest player to record a 40-point triple-double in the playoffs. Not only that, it was his very deep 3-pointer as time expired that gave the Mavericks a 135-133 win as his team mobbed him after the shot.
“I can’t explain the emotions I had,” Doncic said, according to ESPN. “Not only when the ball goes in but when I see the whole team running toward me. That was something special, one of the best feelings I ever had as a player. Just something special.”
Social media blows up after Luka Doncic’s game-winning shot
Luka Doncic came up big once again for the Dallas Mavericks. He’s just 21 years old but has already proven he’s an NBA star. After Doncic’s impressive game-winning shot Sunday that helped the Mavericks tied the series at two games apiece with the LA Clippers, fans, players, and coaches gave their reactions. One person who wasn’t surprised by Doncic’s last-second heroics was his coach, Rick Carlisle.
“Look, we know this kid has got a flair for the dramatic,” Carlisle said in the ESPN article. “He’s a performer as well as a great player. He’s a guy that lives for these moments and is completely fearless.” Many, including current and former NBA stars posted their reactions on social media. “BANG BANG!! In my *Mike Breen voice,” LeBron James tweeted. “Luka we are not worthy,” wrote Dwyane Wade.
Perhaps, the most intriguing post came from Doncic’s mother, Mirjam Poterbin. She is her son’s biggest supporter. She was emotional when she made her post. On her Instagram Story, Poterbin wrote, “I think I didn’t cry so much even when he was born,” she wrote. “So proud of my son, he is a real gamer. My world.”