Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic scored 42 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had nine assists but labeled his performance as "terrible" after turning the ball nine times. The Los Angeles Clippers won 118-110 to take a 1-0 lead over the Mavericks in their Western Conference first round matchup.
"Terrible," Doncic said, per ESPN. I should never had like 11 turnovers. "That is 11 more possessions, imagine that. I think a lot of this game, I got to do way better than that. "Eleven turnovers, never had that much.
I just want to win. I am really proud of this team, we fought, we fought 'til the end. We tried. I am really proud."
2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard praises Doncic
Clippers guard Leonard scored 29 points, had 12 rebounds and six assists to help his team overcome the Mavericks but he was impressed by the performance of Doncic.
"He's great," Leonard said. "You know what I mean? He's very poised. He's very trusted on that team. He can get to his spots, find his teammates, gets them easy baskets. He makes tough baskets well. He's a great player."
Clippers forward George also came up big for his team, dropping 27 points and also praising Doncic afterward. "The future," George said of Doncic moments after the game in his ESPN on-court interview. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn't want to blame Doncic for the loss and instead praised his attitude.
"He's a fighter," Dallas Carlisle said. "He's always going to battle. He will never get discouraged. He's got a very positive attitude on the floor with his teammates. He's been in so many games in his young career that he's seen everything.
"Look, his usage rate is so high that he's going to have a few more [turnovers] than most players. Look, we put a lot on him." Clippers coach Doc Rivers was also impressed by Doncic's performance because he thought they did a good job of defending the Slovenian.
"He's amazing," Rivers said. "I thought we guarded him pretty well, forced him into a lot of tough shots, forced him into 11 turnovers. I thought what we did poorly, what shows his greatness, is every time we made a mistake on the weak side, he found that guy and that guy made a shot.
"I didn't mind his basket attacks. I didn't mind his 3s. I mind our help so he could get the assists. I'll give up the points to him -- I just don't want to give up the points and the assists. I think we allowed him to have both tonight."