The Dallas Mavericks were on the verge of blowing an 11-point lead against the Boston Celtics but then Luka Doncic drained two clutch three pointers to give Dallas a 110-107 win. On the Mavericks' final two possessions, Doncic both times delivered as he knocked down two three pointers to avoid the Celtics from earning a comeback win.
"We made a few mistakes, but I loved the way we kept our poise, hung in and made sure we got the ball in the right guy's hands at the end," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said, per ESPN. After the game, Carlisle mentioned Doncic's name amongst some of the greatest players to have played the game.
"The wiring of people like Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant -- guys that have this laser-like focus in these situations -- it's difficult to explain how their mind and how their brain works," Carlisle said.
"He's a very rare breed of player. Not only does he have the laser-like focus, but he has the desire and he has all the tools to deliver."
Doncic felt it would go in
Doncic finished the game with a near triple-double as he had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a win over the Celtics.
"It felt good out of my hands," Doncic said. "I was kind of tired just running around the whole possession, but it got in, and that's all that matters." Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was impressed by Doncic's clutch performance.
"The last one was ridiculous," said Stevens, who second-guessed not sending a second defender at Doncic when he was isolated on Theis the previous possession. "Kemba [Walker] was right there, Aaron [Nesmith] was right there.
I'm not gonna be too hard on our guys for those last two shots that Luka Doncic just made." A game earlier, Doncic missed a game-tying three-pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers. "Sometimes you're going to miss it -- like the last game against Portland," Doncic said, referring to his wide-open 3 that rimmed out on Dallas' final possession of a 121-118 Valentine's Day loss to the Trail Blazers.
"And sometimes you're going to make it." Mavericks' Jalen Brunson, who had 22 points off the bench, praised Doncic after the game. "He's bringing us together," Brunson said of Doncic. "We're on the right track right now. We've got to keep it going."