When Luka Doncic first stepped onto the AdventHealth Arena court Sunday afternoon, he hoped to prove to himself and the Dallas Mavericks‘ medical staff that he could play in Game 4 — about 40 hours after spraining his left ankle.
Doncic received clearance to play and proceeded to deliver a historic performance, capping a 43-point, 17-rebound, 13-assist masterpiece with a buzzer-beating step-back 3-pointer to seal the Mavs’ series-evening 135-133 overtime win over the LA Clippers.
“I can’t explain the emotions I had,” Doncic said. “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.”