Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic delivered a big performance in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers but he wasn't particularly impressed by his performance. Doncic dropped 42 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 14 assists as the Mavericks won Game 5 105-100 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
"I could have played way better," Doncic said after the game, per ESPN. "I missed a lot of shots, some layups that I should make. But it wasn't just me, man. It was the whole team, the energy." Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
praised Mavericks leader Doncic for stepping up and leading the team to a win. "That's our guy," said Hardaway, who was the only other Maverick to score in double figures, finishing with 20 points. "We're going to do whatever we can to back him up in any situation, at any given moment.
The performance he had today, it would have sucked if we didn't come out with the victory."
Mavericks head coach also praised Doncic
"Luka Doncic is just one of the toughest players I've ever seen, ever been around," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.
"He's just a warrior-type guy that happens to be one of the very best players in the world." Doncic admitted he could have had a better shot selection. "I think it was too much," said Doncic, who was 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
"I shot some shots that I shouldn't have shot. I honestly think it was too much. I think I was good from 3, but I missed a couple of layups. "But we got a win. That's all that matters at the end of the day."
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards in Game 5 129-112 to reach the Eastern Conference Semifinals. "We've got the pieces and tools to do it," said Ben Simmons, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the win.
"We've been in this situation before during the season. We know what we have to do." The Sixers played without their star center Joel Embiid but still managed to beat the Wizards. "We know we've got enough without Joel out there to win a few games," Curry said.
"We don't have a choice -- we've got to have that confidence and believe. We've got a lot of confident guys. Joel has been huge for us all year. It's only right for us to give him as much time as he needs to get back and help us win it all."