Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic hit one of the best clutch shots this season

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic hit one of the top clutch shots of the season

The Dallas Mavericks were unexpectedly good before the NBA suspended play. They won 40 of their 67 games which had them on course to make the playoffs. Luka Doncic becoming a bona fide superstar played a major role in their ascension.

One area where the Mavs struggled mightily was in clutch situations. They were 29th in offensive rating there according to NBA Stats. Their effective field goal percentage dropped from 54.8 to 42.4 in the clutch. Luka Doncic struggled mightily in these situations. Read more about his fourth quarter struggles here.

That does not mean Luka never stepped up when the Mavericks need him. The 21-year-old managed to hit one of the best clutch shots in the NBA this season. Let us take a closer look.

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Luka Doncic clinches Dallas Mavericks victory over Spurs with clutch step back triple

Luka took Bryn Forbes one-on-one with less than 30 seconds remaining and the Mavericks up by two on Nov. 18. Forbes gave space, so Luka went to his patented step back three. The result was the 46th best clutch play of this season. Fans can see all of the NBA’s top 75 below.

The Mavs won just 14 of their 35 clutch games this season. It is one area where they can improve mightily during the season’s restart in Orlando. Dallas lost 27 games all season and 21 were clutch defeats.

Improving that to a .500 record in clutch games means the Mavericks would be fourth in the Western Conference standings right now. They have the sixth-best point differential in the league already. Figuring it out in the clutch could key a deep playoff run.

The Dallas Mavericks led by Luka Doncic are a dangerous team in Orlando. Fans should be excited about the restart. The Mavs are going to surprise some people. It promises to be a ton of fun, so stay tuned.

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