Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic drops 28 in Game 2 win over Clippers
Luka Doncic struggles with foul trouble but hits clutch bucket to seal Dallas Mavericks win
The Mavericks superstar picked up his fourth foul less than a minute into the third quarter. He convinced coach Carlisle to let him stay on the floor, though. Doncic had four points and two rebounds before heading to the bench for his normal rest halfway through the period.
Carlisle kept Luka on the bench for the rest of the third quarter. The Mavs pushed the lead to 13 after a run in the closing minutes of the period. They were in prime position to pull the upset in game two.
Doncic picked up his fifth foul less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter forcing Carlisle to send him back to the bench. That meant playing without Luka and Kristaps Porzingis on the floor for the first time in the game. The Mavs pushed the lead to 18 before KP returned with 8:24 left.
Doncic came back in the game with 4:26 remaining, and the Mavs up by 12. The defense picked up on both ends down the stretch. Luka got into the lane and hit a floater with just over 90 seconds left in the game to put the Mavericks up 12. That iced it for the Dallas upset.
Luka Doncic finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in 28 minutes of action. He was eight of 17 from the field and eight of 12 on his free throws. See all of Luka’s best plays from game two here.
It was a team effort by the Mavs to pick up their first playoff win since 2016. That should give them plenty of confidence and momentum moving forward.
Doncic set a record for the most points in a player’s first two playoff games too.
The Dallas Mavericks will be back in action for game three on Friday night. Fans should be excited as the team continues to build momentum in the series. Do not miss it.