With a stunning buzzer beater from Luka Doncic the Dallas Mavericks overcomes the Boston Celtics in a nail-biting game according to an NBA article from November 7 which reports,
“With time winding down against the Boston Celtics and the score tied at 104-104, the ball was only going to one man, with the Celtics defence zoned in on Doncic.
The mercurial guard got to his spot on the left wing and despite the attention of three Celtics defenders, he let the stepback triple fly like he was messing around at a YMCA.
He finished the win with a game-high 33 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a block on 12-of-21 from the field and 5-of-10 from the 3-point line.”
The heartstopping win of the Mavericks was also made possible by the return of Kristap Porzingis after his back injury according to a Dallas Morning News article from November 6 which reports,
“Porzingis returned to the Mavericks’ starting lineup for the first time since Oct. 26, the night he left the second half of a win over Houston with lower back tightness. The team hasn’t revealed specifics about Porzingis’ injury, and the 26-year-old said after the game he had to rely on patience and a dedicated rehab routine to work through the stiffness.
But he made an emphatic return, dunking one-handed off an assist from Doncic on the Mavericks’ second possession, and tallying 10 points, three rebounds and an assist in less than nine fourth-quarter minutes.
Porzingis finished with 21 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.”
However, Porzingis likewise didn’t give out any specific details regarding his injury but instead reflected on it according to a Dallas Morning News article from November 7 which says,
“Porzingis didn’t offer much detail about the specifics about his back injury during his postgame interview Saturday, the first time he’s talked publicly since he left the Mavericks’ Oct. 26 win over Houston in the second half.
He said the stiffness started during that game, and “it just took me a while to get rid of it.”
Porzingis took himself out of that game because as he’s missed 55 of 169 games during his two-plus years with the Mavericks, he’s learned to listen to physical cues.
“I know my body a lot better now, all the little things,” Porzingis said. “I know how to work with them and make it go away quicker and also a lot of the things that you just learn by being in the league multiple years — all the little tricks you can do. The main thing is my body. If my body’s healthy, then I’m ready to play, and I believe I can play at a high level.”
Several different angles of Luka’s buzzerbeater went viral. The MLG Highlights posted the incredible buzzerbeater footage in Youtube where it garnered 1.7 million views and different comments of praise, excitement, awe and disbelief. One said,
“This man is playing like a hall of famer. That Stepback is lethal. Keep it up Luka 🔥🙌”
“This dude is only 22 years old, just imagine when he fine tunes his style of play in his mid-20’s. That’s insane”
One also said,
“We are witnessing one of the greatest players of all time to be. Future hall of famer. Cannot wait to see where his career takes him!”
As for Coach Jason Kidd, he could only praise and be amazed with Luka’s talents and even shared his proud memory of once playing with a man of the same calibre as he recounted his days with Dirk Nowitzski.