Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic eye another playoff shocker after avoiding a sweep by the Warriors
DALLAS Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks does not consider averting a sweep in the Western Conference finals an honor.
Despite the enormous odds, he stays committed to defeating the Golden State Warriors in the series.
The Mavericks are seeking to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 hole to win a playoff series, a feat just 146 units have accomplished.
On Tuesday, Dallas made a stride in that direction, winning 119-109 at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas has already shocked the NBA in this playoff, returning from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the No. 1 overall seed Phoenix Suns in the conference semifinals.
The Mavericks clinched the series by defeating the Suns by 33 points in Game 7, the most significant blowout win by an away team in a Game 7 since 1948.
Doncic, the 23-year-old guard who was voted first-team All-NBA before Thursday's game, added to his streak of solid performances in possible elimination games with a 30-point, 14-rebound, and nine-assist outburst against the Warriors
After three quarters, the Mavericks established a 29-point lead by shredding the Warriors' zone, which Dallas coach Jason Kidd described as a compliment.
After three quarters, Dallas was 19-of-36 from 3-point shooting, prompting Golden State coach Steve Kerr to bench his starting.
Doncic dunked off a pass from Jalen Brunson on the next play, extending the Warriors' lead to 10, and they never came any closer.