Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic posted a monstrous triple-double on Saturday night but he was more impressed with having only one turnover for the game. Doncic scored 31 points, dished out 20 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 125-124 win over the Washington Wizards.
"I think I'm more impressed by only having one turnover," Doncic said, per ESPN. "That never happens, so I think I'm more impressed by that." The game between the Mavericks and Wizads was a tight one but ultimately Doncic led Dallas to a win.
"I thought Luka's poise down the stretch was spectacular," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "He just was very, very focused and made every single right play."
Doncic delivered a key assist
With 9.3 seconds remaining, Doncic passed the ball to Dorrian Finney-Smith, who knocked down a key three-pointer.
"They were strong-side helping, so I saw DoeDoe open and had no doubt," Doncic said. "That was a hell of a shot and very clutch." "I knew the ball was most likely going to find me," said Finney-Smith, who scored 22 points of 8-of-12 shooting with Doncic assisting on half of his buckets.
"I just wanted to be ready to shoot, because I didn't shoot that ball when I stepped out of bounds. I told him, 'If you find me again, I'm going to let it go.' He found me." Doncic is only 22 but already one of the best players in the NBA.
"Look, everyone expects greatness from him every single night" Carlisle said. "Just think about it, at 22 years old, having that kind of expectation put on you every night. But he's an amazing player. He does an amazing job of absorbing all of it."
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered an embarassing home loss as the Indiana Pacers won 152-95. "It's embarrassing. I'm not gonna try to spin that," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "We're still grateful to be playing basketball.
Adversity tests the connection of the team. It tests everything. It squeezes you. It shows you who you are." It was the largest home loss in NBA history. "It was a timeout in the second quarter and Myles was like, 'You need two more!' and I was like 'What?' and then he told me," Pacers' Domantas Sabonis said. "We just kept playing. Guys were getting open and I was trying to find them and they made the shots."