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Doncic is the hero of the dramatic finale against Boston
The Mavericks seemed to be wasting another encounter in the final minutes as the Celtics ’onslaught nullified a dozen points of advantage. But Luka Dončić came to the rescue with two three-pointers in the last seconds and brought Dallas a much-needed victory (110: 107) with an explosion of joy on the home bench.
The last shot for three came from almost the same place as the famous Dončić trio (31 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds, stolen ball) against the Clippers in last year's playoffs and on the TNT television network they had their hands happy, as spectators witnessed a tense match, which unfolded at the last second. "The goals in the last minute were great. Both attacks were difficult, the first even harder because we ran out of time. We did not have a minute break in the second, we gave the ball to Luka and let him create. He took his step right in front of me. back and throw, a remarkable throw, a breathtaking show,” coach Rick Carlisle also turned into an admirer for a moment. "On the first throw, I was more confident, I had a good feeling when the ball flew out of my hand. I was a little tired because I ran around with it the whole attack, but it went through the hoop. That is all that mattered. "Doncic described the moment of the decision. “Sometimes you miss like I did in the game against Portland, sometimes you hit, so ...” he shrugged.
This time Robin of the Slovenian Batman was Jalen Brunson (22 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds), his 16 points in the last quarter brought enough stock to withstand Boston’s onslaught in the final minutes. Josh Richardson added 16 points (and a pass and 4 rebounds) Tim Hardaway Jr. (14 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds) missed all eight throws from a distance but hit the ball through the hoop. Carlisle especially praised James Johnson (8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), who earned the championship of the best defender, which is shared at the club with victories. "He was great on defense. I don't know how long he hasn't played a minute, but he stayed ready and did a great job." Boban Marjanović also did well (10 points, assists, 8 rebounds), who also does not get chances often, this time he noticeably revived the Dallas attack. According to Carlisle, the presence of spectators is also wisible, even though there were only 3,300 of them in the 19,000-seat hall. "We feel their presence, their energy. I have no doubt we are playing better basketball since they are with us," he is convinced. Dončić is also happy to have spectators in the game again. "Right after the game I said, imagine the hall would be full, the feeling would be even better. But even now it was nicer to end the game like that when there were some fans with us," he was grateful for their encouragement.
In a three- All Star match, Jayson Tatum (28 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, steal, 2 blocks) and Jaylen Brown (29 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals) had a great evening. It didn’t even help Boston that veteran Kemba Walker (21 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds) was in the mood this time as well, nullifying Dallas ’advantage with threes at the end. Dončić swiped them anyway. "It's hard to explain the way people like Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant ... guys who have that kind of laser focus. What I've seen over the years are at the end of games when it comes to winning, focused only on how to achieve what the team needs and achieves them,” Carlisle described his best player.
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