Doncic throws the triple that decided Dallas' victory over Memphis.Nelson Chenault / Reuters
Luka Doncic pulled another surprising play up his sleeve to give Dallas the victory in the game he played in Memphis (113-114).
The 22-year-old Slovenian guard continues to amaze with his game and decisive actions two and a half seasons after he arrived in the NBA from Real Madrid.
This time he did it with a very unorthodox shot.
He caught the ball on the left side of the attack, spun off the feint he made between two Grizzlies defenders and almost walking took one last very tight step over the 3-point line before releasing the ball on elevation.
The ball entered the basket cleanly.
1.8 seconds to go.
The Dallas Mavericks won the game and sit in seventh place in the West with 30 victories, three more than the eighth classified, precisely the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I was surprised that the shot entered," explained Doncic, the best of his team with 29 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds, along with Porzingis, with 21 points.
"I've had a bit of luck."
It is the fourth decisive triple in Doncic's NBA career.
Very few players are capable of adding so many pitches of that importance.
For example, he beat Jamal Murray, the 24-year-old forward of the Denver Nuggets who has also stood out for his ability to decide games.
The Slovenian star's effectiveness with shots in the 30 seconds of the game is 40% correct (10 of 25 shots) and compares with some of the great figures of the league such as LeBron James (57 of 178, 32%) , Kevin Durant (43 of 143, 30%) and Damian Lillard (37 of 106, 35%).
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“You know that sometimes he's going to go in and sometimes not, but you have to have confidence and shoot, I think that's the most important thing.
If my team continues to trust me in those moments, I will continue working on it ”, he assured.
The final action came precisely after Doncic missed a free throw with 3.2 seconds to go.
The Grizzlies then had a chance to decide the duel, but guard Grayson Allen, who is 90% effective on free throws, missed both at his disposal after being fouled.
The Mavericks had time to make the deciding play.
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Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks coach, explained the play: “It just doesn't happen very often.
Luka made one of the special and characteristic shots that are going to be seen for a long time.
It's a happy night.
We had Houdini.
He got us out of here alive. "
Carlisle said that Doncic often practices these types of shots from position and in the most unlikely situations during practice.
The Mavericks coach commented that he has learned not to bet against Doncic under any circumstances because he has already lost "thousands of dollars" betting on shots from midfield.
"Once in Mexico City, in his second year, I had to pay him in pesos because he was very angry," joked the coach.
“I no longer bet with him, because I have seen him do everything.
I've seen him sing 'baskets' from mid-court, from 12 meters… I'm not going to bet with him ”, concluded Carlisle.
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