“He’s just a very unique player, a very unique person,” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic. “The wiring of people like Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, guys that have this laser-like focus in these situations. It’s difficult to explain how their minds and their brains work.”
The Mavericks needed every one of Doncic’s 31 points as the Mavericks played without Kristaps Porzingis for the second consecutive game with tightness in his lower back. 500 at 16-15.
For such a young player, Doncic hasn’t shied away from taking the big shot.
“Sometimes you’re going to miss it, like the last game against Portland,” Doncic said.