Can you believe with what rookie Luka Doncic is doing in the NBA and that he’s only 19 years old?
Watching him on the court and his pacing, he looks like a veteran that’s been playing in the league for 6-7 years and has figured out the right speed to play with his attributes.
The teenage rookie sensation used all of his experience to come up clutch again for the Dallas Mavericks as he was crucial in a fourth-quarter comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Doncic scored nearly half of his 28 points in the fourth as the Mavs erased a late 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter. Every one of Doncic’s 13 points in the fourth quarter were needed for the Mavs to squeak out a one point, 102-101 victory Sunday night.
This kid should have been an NBA All-Star. It’s not just his numbers, but Doncic’s ability to come up big shows he’s already one of the top twenty players in the league… but I obviously digress. Take a look at Luka’s highlights from last night.
“I don’t normally play him the whole quarter, but when we began to make the push early in the fourth it was just one those times where he was going to have to finish for us to have a chance,” said coach Rick Carlisle, whose team matched its biggest comeback of the season.”
The Blazers’ big fourth quarter lead came courtesy of Damian Lillard‘s 21-point third quarter explosion. The NBA All-Star guard converted eight consecutive shots, and scored 16 straight Portland points in the third.
However, the usually big-moments-Lillard missed his last four field goal attempts and the Blazers went without a made basket for 10 minutes. The Blazers went ice cold in what ended up as a nine-point fourth quarter. That opened the door for the Slovenian rookie. Doncic’ finger-roll layup gave Dallas their first lead since early in the game. On the next possession, Doncic came up big again with a clutch 3-point play on a driving layup for a 102-99 lead with with 1:28 left on the clock.
Doncic led the Mavericks with 28 points on 9-20 shooting. He also collected 9 rebounds, 6 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 24 points in Dallas’ win. Lillard led the Blazers with 30 points. Check ESPN’s full box score here.