He may not be an All-Star, but there’s seemingly nothing Luka Doncic can’t do.
Despite the Dallas Mavericks falling behind by 15 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the star rookie did about everything possible to guide them to a 102-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, including hitting a wild game-winning and-one layup.
After recently acquired Rodney Hood hit an eight-footer with 10:43 left in the game, Doncic took over with 12 of his 28 points and added three rebounds, an assist and a block for good measure.
Things started to get close under six minutes when Doncic found Dwight Powell for a one-handed alley-oop and then hit a signature step-back three to bring it to a one-possession game. After a wild scramble for a rebound that ended up with a Tim Hardaway Jr. dunk, Doncic went behind the back to hit a shot and take the Mavs’ first lead since the end of the first quarter.
Luka goes behind the back! pic.twitter.com/X3fBoAZxSY
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 10, 2019
Trail Blazers point guard Damian quickly tied the game with a pair of free throws, but Doncic didn’t wait long to retake the lead. With a minute and change left, Doncic muscled his way into the paint and somehow threw the ball off the backboard into the net.
The three-point lead would be insurmountable for Portland, as CJ McCollum brought it within one with 34.8 seconds left, but Lillard could not connect through contact in the final seconds for the win.
Lillard had done best to put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter alone, but the Mavericks’ stifling defense put an end to that. The Blazers shot 4-for-16 from the field — including 1-for-7 from beyond the arc — in the fourth and turned the ball over six times. They even went scoreless for nearly seven minutes between Hood’s shot and Maurice Harkless’ free throw with 3:45 left.
The nine points the Mavericks allowed in the fourth tied the franchise record for the least points allowed in the final quarter.
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