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It was one of the best feelings ever

Luka Doncic revelled in “one of the best feelings” of his career after leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of the NBA playoffs.

Doncic hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to see the Mavericks edge the Clippers 135-133 on Sunday, bringing the Western Conference first-round series level at 2-2.

After the incredible game-winner, the guard’s team-mates ran towards him to celebrate.

Doncic, 21, said it was a special moment, the reigning Rookie of the Year telling reporters: “I was just trying to make it.

“I can’t explain the emotions I had not only when the ball goes in, [but] when I see the whole team running towards me, that was something special, one of the best feelings I’ve ever had as a player and just something special.

“This team is something special.”

Doncic was under an injury cloud after hurting his ankle during Game 3.

The Slovenian ended up posting a triple-double of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists despite not being at full fitness.

“The guys you don’t hear about behind [the scenes] did an amazing job with me yesterday, we were working on it the whole day, they were helping me the whole time, whatever I needed,” Doncic said.

“Obviously it wasn’t 100 per cent but I think it was good.”

Doncic became the first player with 43-plus points, 17-plus rebounds and 13-plus assists in a playoff game in NBA history, as per the Mavs.

The only player to manage those numbers in a regular-season game was Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.

Published 24 Aug 2020, 06:26 IST

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