Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic scores 38 in Game 6 loss to the Clippers
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic drops 38 in Game 6 loss to the LA Clippers
The Dallas Mavericks were facing elimination coming into game six against the LA Clippers. They were dominated by LA in game five. Luka Doncic and the Mavs were determined to bounce back and keep their season alive on Sunday afternoon.
Dallas was again without Kristaps Porzingis. On Friday, the team announced he had a torn meniscus and was out for the remainder of the series. Defeating the Clippers without the 25-year-old star would not be easy.
Luka Doncic had another unbelievable performance in game six, but it was not enough. The Clippers closed out the series with a 111-97 win on Sunday afternoon. Doncic had a plethora of standout plays. Here is a look at his highlights from game six.
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic scores 38 in Game 6 loss to LA Clippers
Doncic used his strength to score inside on Ivica Zubac early on.
Late in the first quarter, Marcus Morris committed a Flagrant 2 foul on Doncic. He was ejected from the game for hitting Luka in the head after Morris fouled him on the drive. Doncic connected on two of the four free throws. The play resulted in Dallas grabbing their first lead of the game. The Mavs pushed the advantage to 34-29 at the end of the first quarter.
Doncic had nine points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal after 12 minutes. He was fired up following the Morris cheap shot. The 21-year-old superstar had an assist and a 3-pointer on the next two possessions.
The Mavericks struggled to get their offense going in the second quarter. LA was putting pressure on Luka with double teams. Dallas missed plenty of open looks as they finished with just 17 points in the 12 minutes of action. That put the Clippers up by six at halftime.
Doncic was well on his way to a triple-double. He had 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists at the break. The 21-year-old busted out the rare mid-range jumper in the second quarter.
The Mavericks were just four of 17 from 3-point range in the first half despite getting open looks. They needed a massive final 24 minutes from Luka to pull the upset in game six.
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